Air Conditioning Repair For Cars and Trucks
Restoring Comfort with Lava Auto & Tire Service in Albany
If your car's air conditioning system isn't keeping you cool in the scorching weather, there's no need to endure discomfort. Come over to Lava Auto & Tire Service in Albany, where we'll swiftly restore your AC's performance. Reach out to us now at 541-791-5339 or drop by our shop at 682 Airport Rd SE, Albany, OR.
Five Indicators Your Car's AC Needs Attention
- Your car's AC blows air only slightly cooler than the outside temperature.
- Unpleasant mildew and mold odors emanate from your AC vents.
- The AC functions only while the vehicle is in motion.
- Even at the highest fan setting, there's weak airflow.
- Water condenses or drips onto your foot while driving.
Don't delay! If your car's AC isn't operating at peak efficiency, a visit to Lava Auto & Tire Service is a wise move. Routine maintenance now can help you avoid more costly auto AC repairs later. Sometimes, resolving a malfunctioning air conditioner is as simple and cost-effective as replenishing the coolant.
Ensuring Optimal Performance for Your Vehicle's Cooling System
Most car and truck air conditioning systems eventually require attention due to wear and tear. Hoses supplying the AC unit can crack, clog, or develop leaks if neglected. Let us service your car or truck to keep your cooling system operating at its best. Dial 541-791-5339 to learn more about how we can restore your air conditioning.
Common Automotive AC Repair Services
Recharging Your Car's AC
Lava Auto & Tire Service in Albany for Recharging Your Freon Fast
In some instances when your car's air conditioning (AC) begins to lose its cooling power or fails to blow cool air, it may be time for a simple freon recharge. Recharging your freon is often a fast and inexpensive repair that can help you beat the summer heat. But leaking freon may be caused by a cracked hose or seal. It is often an indicator that a more significant repair is needed.
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Repair Your Car's AC Compressor
Let Lava Auto & Tire Service Repair Your Car's AC Compressor
The cool air in your car is produced primarily by the compressor. The four main functions that your vehicle's compressor carries out include pressurizing the refrigerant to cool cabin air, monitoring and controlling temperature output, sensing temperature changes inside and outside the vehicle, and moving air to your car's AC condenser.
Repair Your Car's AC Condenser
Discover the Best AC Condenser Repair in Albany
Your vehicle's A/C condenser is usually located in the front of the radiator. When your AC compressor is pressurizing the refrigerant flows to the condenser to reduce the temperature and pressure. The condenser is a vital component in keeping your car's cabin temperature cool. It moves the cooled liquid refrigerant to the receiver/dryer or accumulator.
Repair Your Car's AC Evaporator
Repair or Replace Your Car's AC Evaporator at Lava Auto & Tire Service in Albany
Located just behind the dashboard, your car evaporator is in charge of cooling air and removing moisture before it is blown into the cabin of your car or truck.
Replace Your Car's AC Thermal Expansion Valve or Orifice Tube
Replace Your Thermal Expansion Valve or Orifice Tube at Lava Auto & Tire Service
The Thermal Expansion Valve or Orifice Tube monitors the amount of pressure and temperature of your A/C system to calculate the precise amount of refrigerant that can safely go into the evaporator. Uneven pressure can allow unwanted moisture to accumulate in a car or truck's AC system.
Freon Recharging FAQs
How often should Freon be changed?Never, at least not in the way you think of your oil being changed. Your car's AC system is a sealed unit. No new Freon needs to be added unless there's a refrigerant leak. Over time as your vehicle ages small cracks may form in your AC system parts such as the compressor, condenser, evaporator, receiver-dryer, expansion tube and connecting hoses allowing Freon to escape. If this occurs, you need to replace the failing part and have your Freon recharged.
How long should a Freon recharge last?If your car's AC system was recently repaired and required a Freon recharge it should not need to be replaced again. Your AC system is a closed or sealed system that does not allow Freon to escape. Freon is not like gasoline; it does not get depleted. If Freon is escaping after your car's AC system has been repaired, then additional work may need to be done to find the leak.
How many cans of Freon does a car take?Don't guesstimate your car's refrigerant needs! Most use 28-32 ounces (2-3 12oz cans), but larger vehicles and rear A/C can be different. Check your manual for the exact amount to avoid overfilling.
Can I leave my car running when adding Freon?It is advised to have your engine running while recharging your car's A/C system. This is essential as the A/C compressor, powered by the engine, must be active to facilitate proper refrigerant circulation and ensure an effective recharge.
Why is my car blowing hot air after adding Freon?A refrigerant leak can lead to a loss of pressure in the AC system, resulting in a failure to produce cold air. This is frequently the primary reason a recharge may prove ineffective. It is crucial to inspect the system for leaks and address any issues before proceeding with a recharge.
Schedule your auto AC repair appointment with Lava Auto & Tire Service today! Our expert technicians are equipped to swiftly diagnose and resolve all your air conditioning issues.