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Why Getting Your Air Conditioning Checked Is Important

If you have ever been in a car without air conditioning, you know how important it is in order to enjoy the ride in your vehicle. If your air conditioning system breaks down then the refrigerant can leak. If the refrigerant leaks, not only is harmful to the environment, but it can also cause damage to the car’s evaporator and compressor. By getting air conditioning services on your car by professionals you will save time and money and aggravation in the hot California heat. In some cars, hot and cold air are both used to get your the temperature in the car you want, so if the air conditioner isn’t working it will throw off the whole temperature regulation. 

When You Should Get Your Air Conditioner Checked 

If you notice higher than normal temperatures inside the cabin or if you notice loud noises when your compressor is running, it is time to get your car checked. Refrigerant can leak from the car and it’s quite common, so it’s a good idea to look for other signs of air conditioner problems. 

What Do Parts of an Air Conditioner Do? 

The compressor is the moving component in the A/C system. Common reasons that a compressor may fail include running at high pressures and lack of lubrication. It’s important to check the whole system to check for leaks and to check for abnormal noises.

The receiver, filter or accumulator will absorb moisture. If they become too saturated with moisture, it can cause damage to the compressor.

The condenser in the A/C system has an important job to remove heat from the refrigerant as it passes through. However, there can be problems with it if it gets clogged with debris. If the compressor fails, it’s a good idea to replace it, otherwise it may not perform properly and you won’t be getting cold air through.  Once the compressor is replaced, hoses should be replaced too since they can become clogged over time and also restrict the refrigerant flow.

The evaporator becomes cold as the refrigerant passes through to remove heat from the cabin. The blower motor will move air over the evaporator, which will make the cooler air come from the vents. If a leak develops, an evaporator may need to be replaced. If you notice a fog coming from the vents when the air conditioner is turned on then you may have a leak.

What Is Included in Air Conditioning Services? 

  • A certified technician will do a visual inspection of the air conditioner 
  • Fan level check 
  • Check refrigerant levels 
  • Examination of the belts and hoses to see if there are signs of aging or anything that would indicate a potential failure 
  • Diagnosis of problem with switches, fuses, wiring, the condenser, or the internal compressor.

Your air conditioner repair may be as simple as a recharge of the refrigerant, or it may need a different service like a new compressor. 

Visit or contact North Hollywood Toyota for air conditioning services on your Toyota vehicle. 

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