We’ve now reached the hottest part of the summer, which means you’re probably running your air conditioning in your vehicle most of the time while you’re driving. After all, even if it’s not the heat, the humidity in the Midwest can sure be a killer in the summer months! If your vehicle’s AC suddenly goes out, though, you’re going to want to repair it as quickly as possible, as there’s still plenty of summer left, and you’re not going to want to deal with sitting in a hot, muggy car while you’re on your daily commutes.
Even if your auto AC isn’t totally dead, it might not be working as efficiently as it once did. Whatever the case, if you notice something appears to be “off” (literally or figuratively) with your vehicle’s air conditioning, here’s a quick overview of some of the steps that would likely go into your appointment for auto AC repair in New Palestine, IN.
Diagnosis and finding leaks
When you first bring your vehicle into the shop, the technicians will carefully measure how much air pressure is running through your system. If it seems to be low, they’ll bring the pressure up enough to get a reading that falls within the manufacturer’s specifications for your system. After that, they’ll let your vehicle’s AC run on its high settings for a few minutes to track how quickly it cools the cabin of your vehicle. If it fails to meet the parameters required out of this testing, then there’s a chance you have a leak somewhere inside your AC system.
The good news is that leaks are not always significant issues. Your mechanic will likely first connect your vehicle to a refrigerant recovery system, and carefully inspect all the hard lines that run to and from the AC system to see if there are any obvious cracks that have formed in them. Adding a tracer dye into the system can also help to find where the leak is.
However, there are some situations in which leaks can be quite difficult to find, and even the dye doesn’t help matters. It may take a bit more inspection. However, it could also be that the hard lines are not the sources of the leak, and that a different one of your components is to blame.
If that’s the case, the first area to look at would be the compressor, a spinning part of the system that creates the pressure in the refrigerant. The changes in pressure are what create the cooler air that comes into the cabin. This part of your system will wear down over time with heavy usage, just due to the nature of how it operates, so there is a decent chance that any issues you’re experiencing with your air conditioning are a result of failure of the compressor.
You can prevent compressor failure by having your AC system serviced along with the rest of your vehicle at least once a year. This should include applying lubrication to the unit so the compressor can continue to spin rapidly without an overabundance of friction.
There’s also the possibility that there could be a leak in your condenser, which is a large heat exchanger in the front of the engine bay. If it’s hit by debris, that may have caused a leak to form in the system.
For more information about the processes associated with finding leaks and other issues with your vehicle’s air conditioning, or to schedule auto AC repair in New Palestine, IN, reach out to Auto Air & Heating, Inc. today.
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