Everything You Need To Know About A/C Repairs And Inspections

As the summer heat arrives, having a properly functioning air conditioning (A/C) system in your vehicle is crucial for a comfortable and enjoyable driving experience. If you're experiencing issues with your A/C or want to ensure it's in optimal condition, an A/C repair and inspection can help identify and address any problems. But what exactly goes into this kind of procedure? Below, we will answer exactly that, so continue reading if you want to find out more!

Visually Inspecting The A/C System And Main Parts

The first step in an A/C repair and inspection is a visual examination of the system. A technician will inspect components for visible damage and fluid leaks. The inspection goes over these main parts of the A/C:

  • Compressor
  • Condenser
  • Evaporator
  • Hoses
  • Fittings

System Testing And Checks

Pressure: To assess the A/C system's performance, pressure testing is conducted. The technician will connect gauges to measure the high and low pressure in the system. Abnormal pressure readings can indicate issues such as low fluid levels or a malfunctioning compressor.

Refrigerant Level: Proper refrigerant levels are essential for the A/C system to cool the air effectively. The technician will check the level and compare it to the manufacturer's specifications. If the refrigerant is low, it may indicate a leak that needs to be repaired.

Leak Detection: Leaks in the A/C system can significantly impact its performance. Specialized tools are used in this step, to detect any refrigerant leaks. Common areas for leaks include hoses, fittings, seals, and the evaporator or condenser.

Component: The A/C system has various components that contribute to its functionality. During the inspection, the technician will test these components, such as the compressor clutch, blower motor, and cooling fans, to ensure they are operating correctly.

System Cleaning

Over time, debris and contaminants can accumulate in the A/C system, especially in the filters, which affects its efficiency. The technician may perform a thorough cleaning of components like the evaporator and condenser coils to remove debris, while simultaneously inspecting for other problems.

Repairs and Recharging

If the mechanics doing the previous steps find a component or connected system that needs repairs, the owner of the vehicle will be informed. From there, the mechanic will suggest a few options to fix the issue. After everything is done, the system is tested to make sure everything is working properly.

Are you looking for A/C repairs? If so, make sure to stop by our shop and we will take care of everything! Grayson Tire & Auto Center is here to help with any car-related issue, either big or small!