Automotive Air Conditioning Service
Your air conditioning should be checked for proper operation and Freon charge at least once a year. Freon is very hard to contain in an automotive system. The reason is your air conditioning compressor operates at all different speeds due to engine RPM. The rest of the system is comprised of many dissimilar materials that expand and contract at different rates and along with the movement of the engine; this allows a minute amount of Freon to escape. This is normal and that’s why the system should be checked for low charge.
You’re probably asking yourself does that mean I have a leak; probably not at least not significantly. Checking the amount of Freon in the system is very important because the Freon in the A/C system carries the refrigerant oil through the system to lubricate moving parts and seals. Insufficient Freon can damage the compressor, expansion valve and seals resulting in very costly repairs.
You might also say I don’t use my air conditioning in the winter, but you do! Every time the defroster is turned on your air conditioning compressor engages to dry the air before directing it to the windshield. Waiting till your air conditioning is needed during warm weather to determine the system is low on Freon may be too late to avoid unnecessary damage.
Make sure that the shop performing AC services are certified by ASE and MACS in the proper handling and have the equipment to handle both R12 and the new R134A refrigerant along with some of the most sophisticated leak detection equipment now available.
Servicing your air conditioning should include the following procedures: clean condenser fins as required, inspect and adjust A/C compressor drive belt, performance test A/C for proper operation, inspect all visible A/C components for leaks using the most sophisticated leak detection equipment available and test antifreeze for proper mix.
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