The air conditioning compressor and other components are checked for
proper operation by your Royal Car Care service technician. Then
comes the leak test. If a leak is detected, often in a hose or
connection, itís repaired and the system is retested. Your
Royal Car Care technician will also perform a temperature drop
If needed, the old refrigerant is evacuated and the system is
recharged with clean, fresh refrigerant. A final test insures that
the air conditioner is working, and youíre on your way.
How often this should be done at Royal Car Care varies from vehicle
to vehicle. Your car or light trucks ownerís manual will have the
manufacturerís recommendation and, of course, your considerate Royal
Car Care service advisor can tell you. Itís typically every two
Letís talk about air conditioning service and repair
issues for Northeast Ohio. Most of us living in cities such as Valley City, Brunswick and any other surrounding suburbs donít give our air conditioning a
second thought as long as itís making cold air. But itís a complex
system that we should think about before it starts
blowing hot air.
The refrigerant in the air conditioner contains a special oil that
lubricates and cools the A/C parts. This oil is eventually used up.
Your air conditioner still makes cold air, but the parts donít have
oil to protect them and they wear out faster than they should so
itís important to service the air conditioner as recommended by your
Royal Car Care service center.
Replacing old refrigerant has another benefit: refrigerant tends to
gather moisture and become corrosive. That causes leaks in the
system which can be expensive to repair. Fresh refrigerant protects
the air conditioning components and keeps the system operating at
peak efficiency so it doesnít have to work as hard to keep you cool.
Even with regular service A/C parts can just wear out. Normal wear
and tear eventually gets to all moving parts.
Addressing early problems can save on more extensive repairs down
the road. For instance, a common failure is the clutch that turns
the compressor on and off. If you can take care of a bad A/C clutch
when it first starts having problems, you may be able to save the
compressor. Wait too long and youíll have to replace both.
Check your ownerís manual or ask your Northeast Ohio service advisor
at Royal Car Care for service recommendations. And if youíre
hearing strange sounds when your air conditioning turns on, or if it
just isnít as cold as it used to be, have Royal Car Care see what itíll take to keep you cool.