Why suffer through extreme temperatures when you could be riding in style? Maintaining your AC and Heat systems can be as easy as having regular maintenance performed to avoid any larger issues down the line. Adding refrigerant can be a simple fix to cool off the air blowing through your vents, but it’s important to find out what caused a leak in the first place.
Whether you use your car on a daily basis or for the occasional road trip, you deserve to be comfortable whenever you’re out on the road. At Dana Meyer Auto Care, our trained mechanics have the skill and knowledge to get your car’s AC and heating system working properly. From newer cars to older, used vehicles, we can make temperature control a snap.
With convenient hours and reasonable rates, Dana Meyer Auto Care is the place to go when you need reliable auto AC and heat repair work. Call or visit our Albany, CA center today for more information or to have your vehicle serviced.
Air conditioning is essentially refrigerant pumped through lines by way of a compressor. The compressor is part of the accessories driven by the vehicle’s drive/accessory belt(s). The high pressure refrigerant is pumped through a system that utilizes a condenser, evaporator/dryer, and an orifice tube or restriction valve (TXV). Each one of the components plays an important role in ensuring the vehicle maintains the desired temperature.
As you can imagine, with a system that utilizes compression and restrictions as a way to convert a high pressure, high temperatures, line into a low pressure, low temperatures, any leak or malfunction can cause the entire system not to operate. Come in today to have your vehicle diagnosed today!
Typical air conditioning systems may require periodic re-charging of the refrigerant due to small leaks. The lines are pressurized to typically around 200 pounds per square inch, which is approximately twice as high as the pressure in your vehicle’s tires.
Your vehicle shouldn’t require frequent recharging, if it does this is sign of a larger problem. If there is a leak, the air-conditioning system on most modern vehicles is designed to shut down once the refrigerant level drops low enough in order to prevent damage to the air-conditioning compressor. Note that we are talking about “refrigerant,” not Freon, the brand name for a type of refrigerant that is no longer manufactured in the U.S. because it can damage the ozone layer. Newer vehicles use a refrigerant known as R-134. Most older cars have been retrofitted for this newer system as well since the older refrigerant is no longer available on the market.
As described above, your vehicle’s A/C system may need recharging if a small leak is causing the air coming out of the vents gets warmer. Automobiles’ heating system is related, but utilizes what is called a heater core, typically located within the passenger compartment, behind the dashboard on the passenger’s side. Warmed air is pushed through the vents by way of the blower motor. This motor blows air through the heater core and into the passenger compartment. The heater control valve is the device that controls the flow of the hot engine coolant through the heater core. It is usually located in one of the heater hoses to regulate this flow. The flow of liquid in the heater core is the same that is pushed through the car’s radiator. If a fault in the system is not addressed some potential issues can cause coolant to leak inside the car. To avoid any potential larger issues, call us today for your A/C and heating system evaluation!
The heater bypass tube is a cooling system component found on many cars and trucks used to cool the engine even when thermostat is closed, thus bypassing it to ensure the engine is always being cooled to prevent any catastrophic engine failure. The coolant bypass tube provides a passage for minimum coolant flow, so that the engine does not overheat from insufficient cooling when the thermostat is closed and restricting coolant flow. While servicing the bypass tube is not generally considered routine maintenance, but it is still prone to the same issues that all cooling system components are susceptible to. A faulty heater bypass tube will typically cause leaks from it when it ages and becomes brittle, or usually from the o-ring that seals the hose’s connection.
Without coolant running through your engine it can lead to complete engine failure. Faults in your car’s cooling system can be a big inconvenience, especially in the middle of a hot summer. If your car’s cooling system hasn’t been serviced recently or isn’t operating properly, you need help from an auto repair technician you can trust to do the job right. Trust your car’s cooling system to our dedicated team in Albany, CA. Call today to schedule your service.
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Proper cooling system maintenance is an essential part of keeping your car running smoothly. Regular maintenance should involve replacing the antifreeze that circulates through your vehicle’s engine. This prevents corrosion and helps your car maintain an optimal engine temperature regardless of outside temperatures. At Dana Meyer Auto Care, we make it easy and affordable to keep your car’s cooling system operating smoothly and effectively. Our technicians are some of the best in the business, and we strive to meet or exceed our customers expectations at every turn.
Coolant leaks can be tricky to find and diagnose if the system itself isn’t fully understood. A vehicle requires water and coolant to circulate through the engine block to keep it at it’s preferred operating temperature, which is usually around 195 degrees Fahrenheit. There are three types of leaks in the cooling system: internal, external and from a leaky radiator cap. Since the system is under pressure, regardless of the size of the leak it can lead to the entire system emptying itself at a rapid pace.
Make an appointment today for one of our 7500 complete mile work-ups to have your vehicle’s cooling system pressure checked to find any weak spots in the system before it causes component failure.
A heater core is a radiator-like device used in heating the cabin of a vehicle. Hot coolant from the vehicle’s engine is passed through a winding tube of the core, a heat exchanger between coolant and cabin air. Since it’s located inside the passenger compartment, any leaks in the system can be found on the floor inside the vehicle. Immediate service is required at that point.
Just like coolant hoses, heater hoses are rubber tubes that transport coolant to the heater core, which air is blown over resulting in hot air blowing across it and into the compartment where you and any passengers eagerly await the warming air.
We understand it’s important to stay warm on cold days and staying cool on hot days, this is why we have made our oil services into more than just changing the oil, we make it our business to know as much as possible about your vehicle after it leaves our shop. The heating system utilizes the same coolant in the car’s engine and radiator, so any fault in this system can create a chain reaction of other system faults. Don’t delay in making an appointment today to have your automobile inspected for any potential faults.
HVAC (heating, ventilating, and air conditioning; also heating, ventilation, and air conditioning) is the technology of indoor environmental control to provide your maximum comfort. The main goal is to provide air temperature comfort and improve upon the air quality in general. A lot of the same principles used to heat and cool your home are utilized in vehicles. Professionals should be called in when either system is experiencing any difficulties.
There are multiple hoses in your vehicles cooling system. An upper hose connects the top of the radiator to the top of the engine, the lower hose connects the bottom of the radiator to the water pump of the engine, which keeps coolant flowing through the system. These hoses carry the coolant from the radiator to the water pump and from the engine to the radiator. Hoses are generally made of rubber and can deteriorate with time. Hose should be flexible and not dry rotted. A simple squeeze of them can provide dome idea as to how worn they are. If the hose is found to be squishy, this is an indication that the hose itself will soon need to be replaced to avoid any major leaks.
In today’s vehicles radiators are made from lightweight materials like plastic and aluminum. This helps in fuel efficiency due to a reduction in the weight of the vehicle, but unfortunately this also means that any repairs to them is not advised. If any leaks in a radiator is found, immediate replacement is highly recommended.
The water pump is exactly what is sounds like, it pumps water through the cooling system. The pump is belt driven along with all of the other accessories driven by the serpentine or drive belt(s). They are designed to last 90,000 to 120,000 miles, so if you have an older vehicle it’s even more important to keep an eye out for potential warning signs of it’s failure. Some of those signs are: coolant leaks, a squealing sound from the belt, and temperature gauge fluctuations caused by insufficient flow of coolant.