Enjoy the Summer With Our A/C Service 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 serviced.
What We Do
At Autoland in Santa Clara, we have a complete auto A/C service and A/C repair service list which includes the following:
- Identify the air conditioning system refrigerant
- Evacuate the air conditioning cooling system
- Check the climate controls and temperature coming from the vents
- Check all hoses and air conditioning connections
- Check the belt condition and tension
- Recover existing refrigerant fluid and recharge system back to factory settings.
- If no leaks are spotted, we’ll add air conditioning oil with leak detection dye
- Check the pressures in the cooling system
Take note, we charge a $39.95 plus refrigerant, diagnostic fee. This fee will be applied to any repairs made.
If you want your car to run smoothly all year round, you’ll need to adjust the way you care for it as the weather changes. In addition to keeping your air conditioning systems working properly, you should check on your belts and your coolant levels. Here’s a look at your summertime auto air conditioning checklist.
- Air conditioning: A cool breeze can be the perfect driving companion, but sometimes you need to do a little extra to beat the heat. When this is the case, it’s important that your air conditioning system is in proper working order. Have your car air conditioner checked out before it’s too late and the cost of repairs goes way up.
- Belts: Certain components of your car should be checked on a regular basis, and your belts make for one of them. The warmer, humid conditions that come with summer can worsen any cracks or damage you may have. Inspect your brakes to avoid a surprise breakdown on the road.
Your AC Components
There are 5 main parts to your car A/C system:
- 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.
- 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.
- AC Compressor: The heart of your AC system is the compressor. This is the most common cause of A/C problems. It could be a bad compressor or just a simple fuse that controls the compressor.
- 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 a lot 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.