Schedule an A/C Performance Check
How long does an A/C Performance Check take?
Well, you guessed it! Most air conditioning repairs occur during the hottest days of the year. When the weather heats up is usually when most people realize their A/C isn’t working. The inspection and testing process alone can take at least 30 minutes—and that’s if there are no issues or it’s an easy problem to spot. Are you feeling lucky?
In many cases, should any work be required on your A/C system, you’ll have the convenience of having the recommended services performed that same day. No additional appointments are necessary, so don’t sweat it. Just drop your vehicle off and we’ll give you a ring when it’s done, so you can get on with your day. Want to wait? Pull up a chair in our cozy customer lounge and chill out in our A/C, while we fix yours!
Why do I need A/C in the winter?
Because scraping the inside of your windows is even less fun than scraping the outside! Not only does your air conditioning system provide cool air in the summer, it also de-humidifies the air, therefore, eliminating moisture when you’re running the defroster in the winter. A properly functioning A/C system is especially important in the winter to eliminate moisture that fogs up or freezes on the inside of the glass and prevents you from seeing clearly.
What is included with your A/C Service?
A. A/C Performance Check
This is our most basic service. We’ll determine the condition of your A/C system and whether or not you need any additional work performed.
An A/C System Performance Check includes:
- Visually inspects all A/C components
- Runs a performance test
- Performs a system state of charge test, a system control test and a leak test, using an approved electronic leak detector.
B. A/C Evacuate and Recharge
Let’s bring back the chill. With any A/C repairs we perform, we will also perform an A/C Evacuate and Recharge.
With the A/C Evacuate and Recharge, we’ll:
- Recover any remaining old refrigerant from your A/C system.
- Evacuate system according to your vehicle manufacturer’s procedure for proper evacuation.
- Recharge Air Conditioning (A/C) system with proper amount of new or recycled refrigerant.
- Verify System is performing well by checking pressure and temperature control.
C. A/C System Repair/Replacement
After diagnosing the issue with your air conditioner, we’ll discuss your repair options. Our automotive technicians can repair all of the components of your vehicle’s A/C, including:
- O-rings, seals and hoses
- Compressors and compressor clutches
- Evaporators and condensers
- Driers, receivers and accumulators
- Switches, controls, modules and relays
- Blower motors and resistors
Signs You May Need Car Air Conditioning Repair
Hot Air Blowing
This is most commonly due to a refrigerant leak. A quick check you can do at home, is to start the car, turn on the a/c and see if the compressor comes on. If it does not, we know you have an electrical problem or a refrigerant leak. If it does, then it’s likely you have a control or circulation issue. Another cause could be a control problem that is causing the heat to turn on.
No Air Blowing
A blown fuse is often the cause of this problem. Another possible, but rare occurrence, is a faulty dashboard fan or blower switch. If replacing the fuse does not repair the problem, you’ll need a certified electrician to diagnose the root cause of the problem.
A drive belt makes the air conditioning compressor turn and that keeps the cooling refrigerant circulating. If the belt is worn, stretched or cracked, it can slip or break, which can make noise or stop the compressor altogether. When this happens, circulation stops and the air conditioner quits cooling. It can also cause other serious damage to other engine systems.
This problem is characterized by a musty or mildew odor when the fan is turned on. This condition can indicate that mold or mildew is growing in the evaporator box, requiring a cleaning procedure to eliminate this smell.
All our A/C services and repairs come with a 12 month/12000-mile warranty (whichever comes first).
Do you service A/C systems on Hybrid Vehicles?
If your Hybrid is equipped with a standard, belt-driven A/C compressor, then yes, we can service your vehicle!
Note: Currently, we do not service Hybrid vehicles with electrically driven A/C compressors.
How Auto A/C Works?
The compressor consumes low pressure gas A/C Freon and turns it into high pressure gas. The pressure can be as high as 300 PSI.
The Freon high pressure gas is then pumped into the A/C radiator, where it converts into a liquid as a result of the high pressure, air flow and cooler temperature. When this change occurs, the gas dispels latent heat.
The Freon liquid passes through a valve, loses pressure, begins to boil and moves through the evaporator.
Once in the evaporator, the Freon liquid converts back to a gas and returns to the compressor. It will once again increase in pressure and then change into a liquid in the radiator.
When your car A/C is on, this cyclical process repeats continuously. In plain speak, these components suck the heat out of air, dispel it out of the car via the radiator, and pass cold air through the evaporator into the car.
Come on by EcoWash Automotive Center and our service professionals will make sure everything is functioning properly. Keep cool for the next hot summer day with the A/C working correctly on your vehicle.