They are a few simple ways to help determine if your air conditioning system is operating to the best of its abilities.
First, use your sense of touch. Start the engine and turn the temperature to the coldest setting and maximum fan blower speed. The air from the vents should be freezing cold within a minute or so. It should not take very long.
Next, use your ears. You should be able to hear slight rise and fall in engine tone as the compressor clutch clicks in and out.
Finally, use your eyes. Most air conditioning systems have fans that are visible in front of the radiator and can be viewed through the vehicle’s front grill. These should be turning.
If any of these three simple checks are not to your expectations, it may be time to bring in a professional, like those at Honest-1. One suggestion might be having an evacuation and recharge performed.
An “Evac and Recharge” is an important first step in getting your A/C system back on track. During an “Evac and Recharge”, the technician will test the A/C system outlet temperature at the dash while recording A/C system high and low pressure readings.
A visual system check of hoses will also be done to see if there are any visible leaks. Then, as determined by those readings and observations, the refrigerant from the air conditioning system is drawn out, replaced and or added, and the system is charged with the precise amount of refrigerant recommended by the vehicle's manufacturer. Hopefully this all you need to be on your way!
However, if the air coming out of your vents is still warm, sometimes your system may have a small leak. Putting Ultra Violet (UV) dye in the system can detect leaks and allow a technician to service your car accurately. The UV dye shows up under a bright UV light source so any leaks present can be easily identified either during fault finding or indicate if future leaks were to develop.
Not all leaks can be detected right away. Vehicles may have small leak(s) or weak component(s) that cannot be detected at time of service. If A/C system does fail again, there is dye in the system and we will be able to isolate the problem and repair the leak.
Getting your A/C system serviced NOW allows for cooler rides in the future on HOT days! Keep your family and pets safe and comfortable! Make an appointment today and drive cooler tomorrow!