Most car owners don’t service their air conditioning until after it fails. Maintaining your vehicle air conditioning system means that you always have enough refrigerant to properly do the job. Small leaks in the air conditioning system allow the refrigerant to escape and the system can’t cool the air as well.
Along with the refrigerant, a special oil circulates in the system. The oil lubricates air conditioning components and keeps the seals resilient. Low refrigerant and lubricating oil means that the air conditioning parts will wear out prematurely, and we all know that air conditioning repairs can be costly.
Air conditioning service at Falmouth Motorcar starts with a visual inspection of the components for signs of damage or leaks. The compressor is driven by a belt from the engine, most often the serpentine belt, so it’s inspected for cracks or wear.
The air conditioning compressor and other components are checked for proper operation. Old refrigerant is evacuated and the system is recharged with clean, fresh refrigerant. Dye is added to the fluid so a leak can be detected if the air becomes warm again. A final test insures that the air conditioner is working, and you’re on your way.
How often this should be done varies from vehicle to vehicle. Your vehicle owner’s manual will have the manufacturer’s recommendation. It is typically every two years.