The air conditioning doesn’t only cool down the air in your car, it also reduces humidity. When the system fails, you are driving in a hot car and may not be able to clear condensation from the inside of your windshield during rainy weather.
The automotive air conditioning system is a complex network of parts combined with ventilation and heating. For the A/C to function, the refrigerant fluid (Freon) is blended with a special oil that changes it from a liquid to a gas in just a few moments to cool down the passenger compartment.
In newer car models, conventional R134 and R22 refrigerants are replaced by more environmentally friendly R1234yf refrigerants. It’s important to remember that the air conditioning system in your car works throughout the year and not just in the summer!
There are several signs your air conditioning system is not performing at its peak and that it’s time for a trip to your local NAPA AUTOPRO centre:
If refrigerant leaks out, the lubricant can’t work properly, which can damage the compressor, the most expensive part of the system. Similarly, loud noises, like grinding or squealing while the A/C is running, can also signify a compressor failure.
Lack of refrigerant is the main cause of air conditioning problems. Recharging the A/C system with refrigerant protects the components and keeps the system operating at peak efficiency. Recharging the A/C system with refrigerant protects the components and keeps the system operating at peak efficiency.
For this reason, and to avoid costly air conditioning repairs, it’s important to inspect the system regularly to ensure it’s properly sealed. At NAPA AUTOPRO - Fortech Automotive Inc., we recharge A/C systems using R134 and R22 refrigerants and R1234yf refrigerants found in newer car models.
For more information, visit the NAPA AUTOPRO Website.