Signs that your vehicle may have a malfunctioning air conditioning system include:
Your air conditioner blows only hot air from the vents.
The air conditioner blows cold only sporadically.
There are noises when you run your air conditioner.
Conditioning Service begins with our air conditioning system diagnostic test. This diagnosis
Inspection of the air conditioning compressor drive belt for cracks or damage.
Inspect all air conditioning-related components for leaks or damage.
A check for proper operation of the air conditioning compressor and other components prior to
Testing lines, hoses, seals and other system components for leaks.
Depending on the results of the diagnosis, the system is then serviced only as required to ensure proper operation,
which might include:
Evacuating refrigerant from the system.
Recharging the system using the appropriate refrigerant to the exact system capacity according to
the vehicle manufacturerís specifications.
Performing any necessary service on compressor, evaporator, condenser and electrical controls.
Rechecking the system to ensure proper operation.
While your vehicle is at our service center at the corner of Cook & Stearns Road in Olmsted Falls, a certified mechanic will also perform a Multi-Point
Inspection to safeguard that all of the major systems in your car, truck or SUV are in good working order.
Air Conditioning Service/Repair
vehicle a/c systems can lose 5% of their refrigerant per year
causing the system to become inefficient. Another thing to remember
is the a/c system is used all year long, every time the defroster is
used the a/c system is activated to assist in removing the moisture
from inside the vehicle which can defog windows much faster than non
a/c equipped vehicles.
It is recommended that modern a/c systems be
tested annually to assure peak performance. Schedule an appointment
with one of our factory trained professionals and let us make sure
youíre a/c system is running efficiently. At Olmsted Auto Care, we have the latest
equipment available to diagnose the computerized components, as well
as to service all the different systems including the newer systems
on hybrid and electric vehicles. Below is a brief explanation of the
major components that make these a/c systems work so well:
The compressor is a belt-driven device that compresses refrigerant
gas and transfers it into the condenser. The compressor is the core
of your vehicle's air conditioning system.
The condenser's primary function is to cool the refrigerator. The
condenser dissipates heat released by compressed gases and condenses
them into high pressure liquids.
The receiver is a metal container that serves as a storage
receptacle for the refrigerant; also known as a drier because it
absorbs moisture from the refrigerant and filters out harmful debris
and acids. You should change your drier every 3-4 years to ensure
quality filtration and prevent any chemical damage.
Orifice Tube/Expansion Valve:
The orifice tube (also known as the expansion valve) is a
controlling mechanism that regulates refrigerant flow throughout the
system. It also converts high pressure liquid refrigerant (from the
condenser) into low pressure liquid, so that it can enter the
The evaporator removes heat from the inside of your vehicle. The
evaporator allows the refrigerant to absorb heat, causing it to boil
and change into a vapor. When this occurs, the vapor leaves the
evaporator through the compressor, cooling your car and reducing
humidity. The evaporator houses the most refrigerant in the heat
transfer process and harmful acids can corrode it. This corrosion
typically damages the evaporator beyond repair.