If you’ve ever had a climate control problem in your car or truck, you know how uncomfortable driving can become—especially in the warmer months. If your AC system isn’t giving you the relief you need, then we invite you to contact our experienced auto repair professionals at C.A.R.S. today for service.
If your AC isn’t working, there could be a number of different causes. Our ASE-certified technicians are ready to diagnose the problem and offer you viable options for repairs and replacements.
Common vehicle AC problems include:
- Clogged or leaking condenser
- Improper refrigerant level
- Refrigerant cross-contamination
- Unresponsive pressure switches
- Damaged compressor
- Broken belt
- Clutch issues
- Moisture and debris
- A/C control head malfunctions
At C.A.R.S., we use the latest diagnostic technologies to get to the bottom of our customers’ AC problems and offer reliable, cost-effective solutions to them. If your car isn’t getting as cool as it should, or if you’ve noticed a strange smell or a leak, we invite you to call our experienced team of professionals today.
AC Issue Explained
Dirty cabin air filters have a way of reducing the airflow that your AC system puts out. Replacing your filter is a simple and cost-effective way to improve the flow and sanitation of your car’s air. When you bring your car into our shop, we’ll have your specific air filter in stock and can take care of the replacement.
Maintaining proper fluid levels can be difficult. Excessive fluid can keep the system from keeping the air cool, while too little fluid can ruin the system. Our ASE-certified technicians will make sure your fluid levels are in the ideal spot. Additionally, we could suggest a coolant flush to remove your current fluid, which can become acidic, and replace it with new fluid.
Tubes and seals wear down over time. As they wear down, little cracks form and lead to refrigerant leaks. When this happens, a C.A.R.S. ASE certified technician will find the source of the problem and fix the leak to the manufacturer’s standard.
Warning Signs of a Failing AC System
When it comes to auto AC repair, there are a great number of different issues that could be causing your car’s AC to function improperly. Every car is different, and we approach each Auto AC Repair by diagnosing the root of the problem.
Think your auto AC is in danger of failing? Here are a few things to be aware of:
- Sound – If your auto AC is making strange noises – either through the vents or under the hood – your air conditioning could be failing.
- Smell – If your car has taken on an unexplained odor, it could be more than just day old fast food in the back seat – your evaporator could have bacteria buildup.
- Feel – If your AC is blowing out inconsistent temperatures that vary wildly and fluctuate, you might have ice accumulating in your AC, or there could be bigger problems with your compressor.
F.A.Q. about AC Maintenance
If you’re not looking forward to sweating in your car all summer, C.A.R.S. can help you examine, diagnose and repair whatever is ailing your air conditioning system.
Our experts answer frequently asked questions regarding AC maintenance:
How Often Should My AC Be Inspected?
You should have your air conditioning system inspected any time you notice a difference. Some noticeable differences may be the air isn’t as cold as it’s supposed to be, or it’s taking far too long for your vehicle to produce cold air. We can find out exactly why your AC isn’t working with just a simple inspection.
What Does “Recharging the System” Mean?
An auto repair mechanic may tell you that your AC system needs to be recharged. In other words, the system needs more refrigerant, also called Freon. Refrigerant is an agent that cools the air before it reaches the cabin of the vehicle.
Refilling the system with more Freon should be done with caution. Because your AC is a closed system, it’s possible that there’s a leak. When a leak isn’t fixed, it can cause much bigger problems with your air conditioner or cooling system. However, there’s no need to worry. With an AC performance check, we can find the issue and have you cruising down the road in no time!
Is the Cabin Filter the Same Thing as the Air Filter?
No. The cabin and air filter are entirely separate filters. That being said, all automotive filters have the same function. They prevent harmful debris and contaminants you run into on the road from coming into the vehicle and causing damage. The air filter stops contaminants from going into your engine while the cabin filter prevents dirt, dust, pollen, and other pollutants from entering the vehicle through the AC system.