Climate Control Services
Climate control for your vehicle include your heating and air conditioning systems, although most problems occur with the air conditioning components of your climate control system.
The function of an air conditioner is to help remove the heat and humidity from inside the passenger compartment of the vehicle.Your vehicle’s air conditioning system is more elaborate than you realize. Did you know what when you turn your air conditioning on your climate control system is actually removing the heat from outside air, cleaning and dehumidifying and keeping it at the temperature you select. This air is then sent through your car in “un-heated” condition.
How Does Your Climate Control System Do This?
Powered by a belt, the air conditioning compressor compresses the refrigerant to pressurize it and pump it through the system. The refrigerant is pushed through a valve where pressure and temperature are reduced. The now-cool refrigerant travels through the evaporator in the passenger compartment. As a result, cooled air is blown into your vehicle. This refrigerant returns to the compressor, where the cycle begins once again.
What Can Go Wrong?
On a hot day, there’s nothing like that refreshing blast of chilled air. But to keep you cool, all the right car parts need to be in good working order. Over time, seals, o-rings, and hoses wear, and fittings can become loose. The result? refrigerant leaks, which take a toll on your comfort — and the environment. Worse yet, leaks can damage other components in your climate control system, like the compressor and evaporator. Early detection will save you time and money.
How Often Should Your A/C Be Inspected?
You decide. How’s the air feeling in your car? Are you refreshed and adequately cooled with full air flow when your A/C is pumping? If you answered “Yes” than you can forego an immediate inspection.
If you answered “No” is it because your A/C is not cold enough or is it taking way long to cool down? Don’t sweat, stop in for an A/C Performance Check and we’ll have you back rolling down those hot summer streets cooler than ever.
How Often Do You Need Your A/C System “Recharged”?
Only when the cool breeze no longer feels as chilly as you remember. Simple enough. Now, it is true that a well maintained A/C system can go its entire life without needing a recharge – if you’re lucky.
If you start noticing that the A/C of your climate control system isn’t reaching the cool temperatures you are used to, have your system inspected. In this situation, most cars will be low on Freon. And since the A/C is a sealed system, low Freon is a big sign that something is not right. It could be a small leak that needs attention or possibly part of the A/C is failing – bring it in and we’ll perform an A/C Performance Check and get to the root of the problem.
What DNA Automotive Will Do For Your Climate Control
- Visually inspect your climate control system, specifically the air conditioning compressor and drive belt for cracks or damage.
- Visually inspect accessible climate control components for leaks or damage
- Check the operation of the air conditioning compressor and other air conditioning components
- Evacuate refrigerant from the system
- Vacuum test the climate control system
- Recharge the air conditioning system using the appropriate refrigerant for the system capacity according to the vehicle manufacturer’s specifications
Are There Environmental Concerns With Air Conditioning?
Because the refrigerant used in some climate control systems is considered harmful to the environment, it is important that it not be allowed to escape during servicing. We begin each air conditioning service with a leak detection test. Our technicians use a sealed, environmentally friendly process that captures the refrigerant, cleans it, replenishes it and returns it to your vehicle’s air conditioning system good as new.
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