Getting Your Vehicle’s AC Checked In The Springtime

You may not have used your vehicle’s air conditioning system all winter, now is the time to get it checked out before you need it in summer. Don’t wait till the 90-degree weather rolls in, because when it does and you have no AC, it’s going to be a long, sweaty, miserable commute. Taking care of AC maintenance in spring will allow you to avoid frustration, and in the end, will save you money.

Testing For AC Issues

The test is simple: just press the AC button and observe what happens. Note any unusual smells or noises, as they could be warning signs. Change the cool air dial to try different settings. Make sure that your AC system responds adequately when you increase or reduce cool air flow. Just like not having enough cool air is an issue, having cool air blast in your face with no option to turn it down is also uncomfortable.

Typical Signs Of AC Issues

● No cool air at all
● Cool air is delivered sporadically
● Air is cool, but not cool enough
● Loud noises when you turn on AC

Typical Causes Of AC Problems

The most common causes of AC problems in your vehicle are leaks. This includes other substances, such as water and air, getting inside AC system components due to damaged seals. This also includes situations when the refrigerant (whether it’s Freon or R134A) is leaking out of the system. Aside from leaks, AC system components, such as the compressor or condenser may be failing or malfunctioning. The exact issue can only be pinpointed after a detailed inspection.

Freon Conversion For Vehicles Pre-1995

If your vehicle was built somewhere before 1995, it’s possible the refrigerant used in your AC system is Freon (R-12). Freon was found to have a negative effect on our ozone layer and was eventually phased out. It’s no longer manufactured, so obtaining it may be difficult and expensive. A better solution is to convert your vehicle to use the R134A refrigerant.

If you find that your vehicle’s AC system is not performing as desired, contact the ASE-certified experts at St. Paul Automotive. Since 1980, our technicians have repaired and maintained systems in all types of cars and trucks. We are experts in auto repair, and our mechanics are prepared to diagnose climate control issues and are specially trained to repair car air conditioner and car heater systems. Stop in or call us today to schedule your free estimate. Contact our mechanics to receive a price estimate for your automotive AC repair in St. Paul, Minnesota. Our team specializes in AC and car heater repair in St. Paul and surrounding areas.