With summer fast approaching, it’s best to take care of any car air conditioning issues now. If you’ve ever had to endure the intense Las Vegas heat without a functioning A/C system, you know just how important this is!
Diagnosing The Problem
When your air conditioner breaks, the system will still blow air, but it will not be chilly. A refrigerant leak is the most likely reason, but it might also be something else, such as a broken compressor.
In most circumstances, the first step in troubleshooting is to test the air conditioning system with a set of manifold gauges. A mechanic will connect the gauges to the system’s high and low sides, extract the pressure measurements, and use those readings to help identify any issues.
If the gauges show that the system is low on refrigerant, a “evacuation and recharge” procedure will almost certainly be recommended. It contains the following items:
Recover the refrigerant lines to determine the amount of refrigerant left in the system.
Remove any moisture from the system.
Fill the system with brand new refrigerant according to the manufacturer’s instructions.
Introduce a color dye to aid in the detection of the leak’s source.
If the leak is very minor, it may not be detected for several months. If the leak is severe, the refrigerant may only last a few minutes while the automobile is still being repaired. In any scenario, the evacuation and recharge procedure will assist us in determining the next actions.
Even if you don’t have a leak, the process will allow the technician to examine the system as it attempts to operate in an ideal condition, which will assist in identifying where to check next. You’d need a recharge anyhow for most A/C repairs, thus it’s generally a relevant fix.
Is It Possible That It’s Something Else?
Other signs could include a problem with the blend door or the blower motor. These problems frequently have a variety of symptoms. If your air conditioner isn’t blowing any air, the problem could be the blower motor. If your heating and air conditioning system is blowing hot air instead of cold air, the problem could be a mix issue, which allows your heating and air conditioning system to switch between hot and cold air. In both circumstances, the technician may need to start with an air conditioning evac and recharge to locate the problem; your service adviser is likely the best person to consult about your individual situation.
Contact Us Today
If your air conditioning system is in need of repairs, or you just want to have everything checked before it’s too late, feel free to contact us today! Our technicians are certified to repair your car’s A/C in Las Vegas!