Air Conditioning System Services:
Today, as we drive our automobiles, a great many of us, can enjoy the same comfort levels that we are accustomed to at home and at work. With the push of a button or the slide of a lever, we make the seamless transition from heating to cooling and back again without ever wondering how this change occurs. That is, unless something goes awry.
Our certified technicians perform the following services and more:
- Leak Test
- A/C Service
- Expansion Valves
- Orifice Tubes
- Receiver Dryers
- Pressure Switches
- Blower Fan
- Air Flow
- A/C Controls
- Automatic Climate Control
- Dual Zone Air Conditioning
- Dual Unit Air Conditioning (Vans)
Since the advent of the automotive air conditioning system in the 1940’s, many things have undergone extensive change. Improvements, such as computerized automatic temperature control (which allow you to set the desired temperature and have the system adjust automatically) and improvements to overall durability, have added complexity to today’s modern air conditioning system. Unfortunately, the days of “do-it-yourself” repair to these systems, is almost a thing of the past.
To add to the complications, we now have tough environmental regulations that govern the very simplest of tasks, such as recharging the system with refrigerant R12 commonly referred to as Freon® (Freon is the trade name for the refrigerant R-12, that was manufactured by DuPont). Extensive scientific studies have proven the damaging effects of this refrigerant to our ozone layer, and its manufacture has been banned by the U.S. and many other countries that have joined together to sign the Montreal Protocol, a landmark agreement that was introduced in the 1980’s to limit the production and use of chemicals known to deplete the ozone layer.
Now more than ever, your auto mechanic is at the mercy of this new environmental legislation. Not only are we required to be certified to purchase refrigerant and repair your air conditioner, the shop must also incur the cost of purchasing expensive dedicated equipment that insures the capture of these ozone depleting chemicals, should the system be opened up for repair. Basic knowledge of your air conditioning system is important, as this will allow you to make a more informed decision on your repair options.
Should a major problem arise from your air conditioner, you may encounter new terminology. Words like “retrofit” and “alternative refrigerant” are now in your mechanics glossary. You may be given an option of “retrofitting”, as opposed to merely repairing and recharging with Freon. Retrofitting involves making the necessary changes to your system, which will allow it to use the new industry accepted, “environmentally friendly” refrigerant, R-134a. This new refrigerant has a higher operating pressure, therefore, your system, dependant on age, may require larger or more robust parts to counter its inherent high pressure characteristics. This, in some cases, will add significantly to the final cost of the repair. And if not performed properly, may reduce cooling efficiency which equates to higher operating costs and reduced comfort.