It is reccommended that you bring your vehicle to a car repair shop each spring for an air conditioning check-up appointment. This appointment should be done, even if your air conditioning seems to be running well. It helps to check for problems that can prevent your cooling system from failing to work when you need it most during the summer months. If you have never had this service performed before, you may be wondering what it entails. Here are a few of the steps that are conducted during an air conditioning check-up services with an auto repair center.
Cleaning the Condenser Coil
One of the services that is done during an air conditioning check-up service is cleaning the condenser coil. The condenser coils hold the refrigerant as it circulates and helps to cool air that passes by the coil. Think of the coil like an ice cube once it’s filled with refrigerant. If you touch an ice cube, your finger gets cold. As air runs over the refrigerant-filled coil, it becomes cold. If the coil is covered in dirt and gunk, it may not cool air as well as it should, which can make the air coming into your car feel warmer.
Calibrating the Thermostat
Calibrating the thermostat is another important part of an air conditioning check-up service. If your thermostat is not properly calibrated, it may not be able to test the temperature of the air properly. In turn, your unit may think it is cooling air to a temperature that is higher or lower than you desire. Calibrating helps to keep you comfortable and ensure the temperature is where you want it when you are driving.
Checking the Refrigerant Levels and Looking For Leaks
During an air conditioning check-up service, the refrigerant levels are also checked and the unit is inspected for refrigerant leaks. If there are leaks or your unit is low, your unit may struggle to cool air. Refrigerant is a vital part of cooling air within your car’s air conditioning system, and without it, your car’s system will eventually fail to produce cold air.
A Thorough Examination of the Other Parts
Lastly, a thorough examination of all of the other parts that make up your vehicle’s air conditioning system are inspected and examined. This includes the electrical parts, the blower belt and the motor. At this time, bolts and nuts may be tightened. If the belt is showing signs of wear, such as fraying, cracking or splitting, it will also be replaced. The motor will be tested and if it is not working correctly, it may need to be repaired or replaced.
Here at Morgan Automotive Repair, with locations in Manteca, Tracy and Lodi, we offer air conditioning check-up services at our auto repair shop. If you are looking for maintenance services or car repair services, let us assist you. Contact us today to get started.