Keep Cool on the Road: The Importance of Regular AC Maintenance at Northside Auto Repair

Keep Cool On the Road

Most car owners in our area tend to overlook the importance of regular air conditioning maintenance, often waiting until it stops working altogether. However, maintaining your vehicle’s air conditioning system ensures that you always have enough refrigerant to cool the air effectively. Small leaks can cause the refrigerant to escape, compromising the system’s performance.

In addition to the refrigerant, a special oil circulates within the system to lubricate the air conditioning components and maintain seal resilience. Low levels of refrigerant and lubricating oil can lead to premature wear and tear on the AC parts, resulting in costly repairs.

At Northside Auto Repair, our air conditioning service begins with a visual inspection of the components for any signs of damage or leaks. We also check the serpentine belt that drives the compressor, looking for any cracks or wear.

Our skilled technicians then evaluate the proper operation of the air conditioning compressor and other components. Following this, we conduct a leak test, repairing any detected leaks, typically in hoses or connections. A temperature drop test is also performed to ensure optimal cooling.

If necessary, we evacuate the old refrigerant and recharge the system with clean, fresh refrigerant. After a final test to confirm the air conditioner is functioning correctly, you can be on your way, confident in your vehicle’s ability to keep you cool.

The recommended frequency for AC maintenance varies by vehicle. Consult your owner’s manual for the manufacturer’s recommendation, or reach out to our friendly and knowledgeable service advisors at Northside Auto Repair for expert guidance.