Auto Air Conditioner Repair
Auto Air conditioners are one of the most neglected parts of a vehicle, often only being serviced when they break down. If your air conditioner has gone out and needs repaired, Auto Doctors has you covered when you need your A/C the most.
Your car’s air conditioner functions on refrigerant, which circulates throughout the system, transferring the heat absorbed by the evaporator and discharging that heat through the condenser.
If the air blowing out of the vehicle’s vents is not cold, it is usually because the refrigerant is leaking out of one of the air conditioner’s components. A dye can be added to the system which will help diagnose the refrigerant leak.
The following are the components of the air conditioner, each of which can be a source of the leak:
- Compressor/Clutch – Pressurizes and circulates the refrigerant and refrigerant oil throughout the system.
- Evaporator – Removes the heat and humidity from the passenger compartment.
- Expansion Valve/Orifice Tube – Controls and lowers the pressure of the refrigerant prior to entering the evaporator.
- Hose/Fittings – Specially designed hose carries the refrigerant and refrigerant oil from one component to another. Fittings provide a connection to each component, which can crack and leak.
- Accumulator/Receiver-Drier – Removes moisture from inside the system and stores and filters the refrigerant and oil.
- Condenser – Removes the heat from the refrigerant, changing it from a hot vapor to a warm liquid.
Auto Doctors recommends servicing the air conditioner every other year to ensure it doesn’t go out in the middle of a hot summer day, which will ultimately save you money. Visit the following to learn more about scheduled maintenance.