Here in San Diego, we are used to hot weather. For about eleven months out of the year, we drive our vehicles in the heat with the help of air-conditioning, of course. Even in the brief season of a California winter, an air conditioner is important to keep the defroster working for our safety. Unknown to many, the AC must dry the air first, before it can be directed to your windshield to clear the glass of ice and condensation.
So, what would we do without it?! After all those seasons we put our air conditioners through, it is important to get an AC checkup service, in order to keep our cooling systems in tip-top shape. Keeping your air conditioner working for you is our priority. Our backgrounds in Physics at 7 to 7 Auto Services allow us to address the problems of air conditioning systems with an effective, scientific approach. HOW DOES AN AIR CONDITIONER WORK? Answering this question helps us to best serve you, by maximizing the efficiency and life-span of your AC.
An air conditioner works like a very small, highly-efficient refrigerator hidden inside your car. The primary parts are the same, and an AC operates by the principles of thermodynamics just like a refrigerator. That means, an air conditioner uses heat energy to create and emit cool air. Basically, a compressor pumps the refrigerant, R-134a usually, in gas form on to a condenser. Within the pressurized environment of the condenser, the gas turns back into liquid before moving toward a radiator-shaped device. Here, it turns back into a gas, as the device grabs the heat energy from the surrounding air and uses it to cool the air and push it through the vents. You can see evidence of this process of liquid-to-gas transformations via the change of hot to cold by the formation of water condensation. Have you ever looked under a car on a hot day, when the car is parked, but the AC is running? Little drops of water form a pool under the car on the pavement, showing all the hard work of that little air conditioner! //Servicing the air conditioner once a year can catch many of the small problems that may occur within this scientific process. A check-up with a skilled technician should take less than a half an hour to catch many of the common issues with air conditioners on all vehicle types, such as:
- A failing compressor,
- broken compressor belt,
- broken blower motor,
- leakage of R-134a in any hoses or devices,
- electrical or mechanical failures of the air conditioning control system,
- clogged drainage system of evaporator.
CHECK YOUR CABIN FILTERS
When you visit a technician, it is also important to request a check of the cabin filter, which our technicians do routinely. We value your health and the health of your passengers. The cabin filter is the only barrier between harmful exterior chemicals or harmful molds/mildews on the filters themselves and the lungs of those riding in the vehicle. A climate control service also includes a thorough cleaning of these vents and passages, in order to rid them of harmful and avoidable substances, even odor-producing bacteria.
CHECK YOUR FREON LEVELS
Freon, a type of air conditioner refrigerant, keeps all moving parts well lubricated and running smoothly. Avoid low levels of Freon, by checking the air conditioning system at least once a year. Low Freon can point to a leak, though some Freon depletion over time is absolutely normal. It is simply the wear and tear of active use that will require eventual replacement. Staying on top of servicing your vehicle will prevent costly repairs in the future, due to running the air conditioner on low levels of Freon. Friction is a terrible, but often avoidable, thing for cars. The technicians at 7 to 7 Auto Services will make the air within your vehicle as fresh and clean as possible with the support of state-of-the-art and environmentally-friendly equipment. Ask about our air condition and leak detection services today.
Call 7 to 7 Auto Services (858)549-0272 to make an appointment.
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