Don't Lose Your Cool - Air Conditioning Service with Vernon Toyota

By: Vernon Toyota   |   01 Jul 2018

Summer is in full swing and with that comes beach days, road trips, fire hot asphalt and the quest for relief -- otherwise known as air conditioning. If rolling down your window isn’t doing the trick and you're worried about keeping you and your passengers ice-bucket-cold, servicing your air conditioner and taking steps towards keeping your vehicle clean and in good repair is essential. No need to keep the window down the entire road trip and annoy your guests with the hefty breeze –Vernon Toyota can service your air conditioning to help make the summer heat bearable.

Understanding your Air Conditioning System

Maintaining your air conditioning is just as important as getting an oil change although it often goes overlooked in the day to day maintenance. Your air conditioning compressor has oil in it and has to be changed out on a regular basis to keep the A/C system running at maximum capacity and longevity. Like other important parts of your vehicle, without proper care and understanding, things can begin to unravel. 

Your car’s air conditioning system works in a way that is similar your kitchen refrigerator, with the primary purpose of the system to remove the hot air from the inside of your vehicle and replace it with a blast of icy cool air. The system conditions the air by cooling and removing moisture. This means the muggy humid summer air that makes us uncomfortable while you drive is replaced by something fresh feeling. The units also remove allergens, dust, pollen, and other small particles from the air so allergy sufferers should have a special love for such a system.

Air Conditioning and Climate Control Systems have three major components, including a compressor, a condenser, an evaporator (or drier) as well as refrigeration lines, and a few sensors.  With so many working parts, it shouldn’t be surprising that any of these could potentially fail, making it all the more important to get them checked at the start of the season and at the first sign of any trouble.

Has your Air Conditioner Stopped Working?

Nothing is worse than enduring a long trip with no relief from the summer heat. If your air conditioner is acting up, it could be a result of the following symptoms:

  • There’s a small leak in a hose or a crack in a seal that is letting cold air escape
  • You need an evacuation and recharge of the A/C system and get rid of any impurities in the refrigerant
  • You could need a simple top up of the refrigerant

Without regular maintenance, an air conditioner loses about 5% of its original efficiency per year. Even though you may assume you only need it in the summer months, your air conditioner is just as important in the wintertime. The drier provides air to defrost your windshield a lot quicker than without it. This makes having a healthy and functioning A/C necessary for all four seasons.

To protect your system from losing efficiency and to keep your A/C system in top shape we highly recommend having our technicians run through an A/C diagnostic inspection to accurately pinpoint any leaks or malfunctioning parts as soon as you detect trouble. You can then decide which repairs to complete, which of our top parts brands to choose from and learn more about how to keep your summer air flow cool as could be. Before bringing in your vehicle, checking filters, hoses, and fluids can help to pinpoint issues you could solve at home. For major repairs and replacements, it’s wise to have an expert technician take a look. 

If you suspect that your A/C may be on the way out, call our service centre to schedule an appointment. Don’t risk your comfort in the next summer heat wave, have your A/C serviced and checked today. 

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