The Details on A/C:
Your vehicle’s air conditioning system removes the heat from air inside your vehicle and transfers it to the outside air. The wonderful result is cooler, more comfortable air. The system relies on key components including a compressor, a condenser, an evaporator, pressurized refrigerant, valves and hoses — all controlled electronically.
To properly work, the system must have no leaks that might allow the refrigerant to escape. A/C systems are resistant to leaks and contamination, but they are not leak-proof. Over time, contamination or leaks can adversely affect cooling.
To keep your vehicle cool, we recommend having your A/C system checked at the beginning of the warm season.
It is important to note that some refrigerants used in automotive A/C systems are considered harmful to the environment. At AKIN’S AUTO REPAIR, we take great care to protect the environment while we are servicing the system.
(We have the latest model of the “Robinair” A/C machine for best performance and accuracy)
A/C Repair FAQs
Q : Why is my A/C not blowing air?
There’s nothing more frustrating than weak air flow on a hot summer’s day! Unfortunately, there’s no easy diagnosis here; insufficient air flow could stem from a number of possible problems. For example, it might be an instance of mold or mildew building up in the evaporator core. It could also be a loose hose, a bad ventilation fan, or blown seals. A qualified mechanic can isolate the root of your A/C problems.
Q : Why is my car A/C blowing out warm air?
Warm air coming from your A/C is never a good sign. There could be a number of potential factors here, such as a clogged expansion valve; a faulty compressor clutch; a blown fuse; or even leaks within the A/C. The only way to know for sure what’s causing that warm air is to take your car to a qualified inspection for an appraisal.
Q : What causes an air conditioning system leak?
A leak in your A/C is bad news, without question—but what causes it? The short answer: age and moisture. Over time, the rubber hoses and seals in your A/C lose elasticity and allow Freon to escape, all while allowing moisture to enter. When moisture mixes with your A/C’s refrigerant, it creates a corrosive acid, which destroys your A/C from the inside out. This is definitely something to have analyzed and repaired by a trained mechanic.
Q : How do you test for an A/C system leak?
If you think your A/C has a leak, there are a couple of methods you can choose to help detect leaks. One option is to use black light-enabled dyes; many refrigerants are mixed with UV dyes, which allow them to show up under a black light. There’s also the “sniffer,” a special device that can zero in on the refrigerant’s chemical compounds and detect possible leaks. Ask your service technician about these options!
Q : How do I stop the bad smells coming from my A/C vents?
Nobody likes an A/C that emanates bad smells! There are a couple of possible causes of A/C odors, the first being dirty, old air in the cabin filter. The second is an evaporator case that’s developed mold, which could point to more systematic problems with your unit.