Auto Air Conditioning Repair
How does auto air conditioning work?
A car’s air conditioning is a much smaller version of any standard air conditioner. It’s important to note that a vehicle’s air conditioning doesn’t produce cold air, it removes heat from the air entering its system. When refrigerant is cool and is exposed to warm air, it evaporates into a gas and absorbs or removes heat from the surrounding environment. The heated refrigerant then moves to a separate part of the system, where the gas is compressed by a series of coils called the compressor. These coils create a large surface areas for the refrigerant to spread. When a vehicle moves, cool air blows through these coils, cooling the refrigerant down again. Before the refrigerant can cycle back through the system, any water that may have been created in the process needs to be removed. This is achieved by a component known as a receiver or dryer. Once the water is removed, the refrigerant can start the cycle all over again.
How do I know if my vehicle needs an air conditioning repair?
Here are some signs something is wrong with your vehicle’s air conditioning:
- The air isn’t cooling.
When there is a low level of refrigerant, your condenser is broken, or the compressor has a broken or damaged belt, your vehicle’s air conditioning will lose its cooling properties.
- You hear strange noises when your air conditioning is on.
Noise usually comes from a dying compressor, but some other common causes can be a cross-contaminated refrigerant or the use of the wrong lubricant.
- It seems moist inside your vehicle.
The common cause for moist air inside your car is usually moisture or debris trapped inside your air conditioning system.
- The air from your air conditioning smells.
If you haven’t used your air conditioning in a while, bacteria and fungus can settle into the system, creating a foul smell.
- Something is leaking from your air conditioning.
Leaking refrigerant is dangerous and this issue should be addressed as soon as possible.
Here are some tips to keep your car cool in hot weather without the air conditioning:
- Use a sunshade or window visor.
- Park in a shady area.
- Purchase a solar-powered fan.
- Keep windows slightly cracked.
- Throw blankets over your seats.
- Use a dash cover.
- Keep your precious possessions away from the sun.
- Cover your steering wheel with a towel.
- Park in a garage when possible.
It is imperative to get your air conditioning repaired, especially in hot Conyers summers. We at Auto Tech Service Center can help.
Your Local Auto Repair Shop for Air Conditioning Repair
We at Auto Tech Service Center in Conyers have been fixing cars since 1990 and our team of technicians have decades of combined experience and are experts in all things auto repair. Here are some of the guiding principles we like to follow:
- We maintain the highest standards of the automotive service profession.
- We are dedicated to customer satisfaction.
- We employ ASE-certified technicians in all areas of work performed.
If you are in Conyers or surrounding areas, feel free to schedule an appointment with Auto Tech Service Center today! You can give us a call at 770-922-1480 or schedule an appointment with us online.