It's the first hot day of the summer. Uncomfortably sitting in your seat, you turn on that long-neglected AC knob, only to discover an unwelcome blast of warm air streaming out from the vents. A bad situation made worse: that's when you turn to us—your air conditioning service and repair headquarters. Did you know that without regular maintenance an air conditioner loses about 5% of its original efficiency per year?
This means that without proper maintenance, your air conditioning unit may be performing as poorly as other models that are years older! But there is good news: you can still recover most of that lost efficiency. Schedule an appointment with one of our factory-trained professionals—we understand all aspects of AC repair, from modern computerized components to environmental disposal concerns. Today's AC systems are fairly complex, and new improvements are always being initiated. That's why you need to turn to us, the qualified source for everything related to your air conditioning system.
Basic Components of the Heating and Cooling System
The compressor is a belt-driven device that derives its name from compressing refrigerant gas and transferring it into the condenser. While basically acting as a simple pump, the compressor is the core of your vehicle's air conditioning system.
The condenser's primary function is to cool the refrigerant. It is a heat dissipating apparatus that radiates heat released by compressed gases and condenses them into high-pressure liquids. The location of your condenser depends on how new your car is, but typically it's found at the front of the vehicle, directly in front of the engine cooling radiator.
The receiver is a metal container that serves as a storage receptacle for the refrigerant. It's also referred to as a drier because it absorbs moisture from the refrigerant and filters out particles of debris and harmful acids that would otherwise harm your AC system. Commonly located on the liquid line of the AC system, you should change your drier every 3-4 years to ensure quality filtration and prevent any damage caused by these detrimental chemicals.
Orifice tube/expansion valve:The orifice tube (also known as the expansion valve) is a controlling mechanism that regulates the flow of refrigerant throughout the system. In addition to this, it also converts high-pressure liquid refrigerant (from the condenser) into a low-pressure liquid, so that it can enter the evaporator. Generally located at the evaporator inlet, the orifice tube could also be found between the condenser and the evaporator, or in the outlet of the condenser.
The evaporator is designed to remove heat from the inside of your vehicle; therefore it's a heat exchanger that's vital to your vehicle's AC system (not to mention your comfort). The evaporator allows the refrigerant to absorb heat, causing it to boil and change into a vapor. When this occurs, the vapor is removed from the evaporator by the compressor, cooling your car and reducing humidity. Because the evaporator houses the most refrigerant in this heat transfer process, it is the most susceptible to corrosion by harmful acids. Usually, this damages the evaporator beyond repair, which is why it's imperative you visit us when you suspect something is wrong.
Belts and Hoses
Among all the equipment in your vehicle, belts and hoses have the shortest lifespan. Due to constant exposure to heat, vibration, and harmful chemicals, these components invariably crack, leak, fray, and peel.
If not promptly replaced and maintained, this could spell disaster for the performance of your vehicle. And evaluating the condition of your belts and hoses only on their appearance is not enough! Diligent inspection is required, and we are here to do it. Here is a sample of how we ensure belt and hose quality:
Visual Inspection of Belts
Search for clear indications of damage (cracking, glazing, softening or peeling)
Test for correct tension
Test for correct alignment
Record belt condition for future reference
Visual Inspection of Hoses
Search for clear indications of damage (leaks, cracks, hardening or softening)
Test cooling system for leaks using state-of-the-art pressure technology
Record hose condition for future reference
It is vital to inspect your vehicle's belts and hoses on a regular basis because often times a damaged piece has serious effects on the condition of your vehicle. Research shows that while most people are attentive when it comes to regular oil changes, they hardly devote any concern at all to the condition of their belts and hoses. A leaking hose or a cracked belt will cause you more trouble than an overdue oil change ever will! The following is a brief description of some of the different belts and hoses we inspect:
Drive Belts:The engine itself is used as a power source to drive some of your vehicle's accessories. Instead of being supplied by electric power, these accessories rely on a series of pulleys and belts to operate. Some of these accessories include:
Power steering pump
Air conditioning compressor
Radiator cooling fan
Most older vehicles require a single serpentine belt to power these accessories (as opposed to several individual belts).
Hoses:If you think of hoses as your vehicle's circulatory system, then you'll have an appropriate representation of how important they are. Channeling car fluids to their correct destination, hoses are composed of two rubber layers with fabric in between. Types of hoses vary on make and model, but typically they include:
Fuel hose (sends gasoline from the gas tank to the engine)
Radiator hose (delivers coolant to engine)
Power steering hose (connects power steering pump to steering equipment)
Heater hose (provides coolant to heater core)
We offer maintenance and repair services for your cooling system. If your system has broken down, or if you want to avoid a break down in the future, we are here to help you. Our top-quality service and staff will make the difference.
Our service includes:
Drain and refill radiator with up to 2 gallons antifreeze
Pressure test cooling system and tighten cap
Inspect water pump, hoses, and belts
Tighten clamp connections
Most cars and light trucks
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