AC Service and Repairs in Santa Clara
Having an optimally working air conditioning system in your automobile
makes for a wonderful driving experience in Santa Clara especially in
the summer! Drivers who are committed to having their automobiles last
are sure to periodically get their air conditioning systems checked.
At Autoland’s auto center of Santa Clara, we have a complete auto
AC repair and service which includes the following:
- Identify the air conditioning system refrigerant
- Evacuate the air conditioning cooling system
- Check the air conditioning compressor unit for proper operation
- Check the initial center air conditioning vent temperature
- Check the center vent operation & controls
- Check all hoses and air conditioning connections
- Check the cooling system for leaks
- Check the belt condition and tension
- Add refrigerant fluid to proper factory recommendations
- Add air conditioning oil with leak detection dye
- Check the pressures in the cooling system
Your air conditioning system includes the following components –
Compressor: This is the heart of your a/c system. The compressor is what
takes the refrigerant (the gas) and pressurizes it so it will cool the
air. It’s run by an engine belt. The compressor also has an electrically
operated clutch that turns the compressor on and off as you demand more cool air.
Condenser: The condenser is like a miniature radiator, usually mounted
at the front of the car right next to your big radiator. Sometimes the
condenser will have its own electric cooling fan, too. The hot, compressed
air passes through the condenser and gets lots cooler. As it cools, it
becomes a liquid.
Evaporator: The evaporator is another little radiator that does just the
opposite task as the condenser. As the super-cool liquid is passed through
its tubes, air is forced through and gets really cold, right before it
hits your face. As it warms up again, the refrigerant starts turning back
into a gas.
Thermal Expansion Valve: You don’t always want to freeze your toes
off, so the a/c system has a valve that controls the flow of super-cool
refrigerant to the evaporator. This way you can regulate how cold the
air blowing on you gets. There are a few types of valves in use these
days, but they all do the same thing.
Drier or Accumulator: The drier, also known as the receiver-drier, is sort
of the safety catch for your system. The compressor is only supposed to
compress the gas form of your refrigerant. However, there’s always
a chance that some liquid could make it back that far. The drier catches
this liquid before it can damage your compressor. Since even the tiniest
leak or careless installation can introduce water moisture to the system,
the drier absorbs this chemically, using what’s called a desiccant
(similar to that packet of “DO NOT EAT” that comes with electronics).
The drier also has a filter that catches any gunk that might be in there.
Take note, we charge a $29.95 diagnostic fee. This fee will be applied
to any repairs made.
Our professional mechanics look forward to serving your vehicle’s
AC system. Conveniently located off of El Camino Real, the address for
Autoland of Santa Clara is 2275 De La Cruz Blvd, Suite A Santa Clara, CA 95050.
If you have questions about AC services here at our auto center, you can
email us for an
appointment, Ask A Pro, or call us at 408-868-5845.