Summer is long gone, and the heat may not be as intense these months, but it certainly isn't non-existent! It's hot down here in Texas year round. If you rely on your car's AC for a comfortable commute and have recently noticed it isn't blowing cold, you'll want to get to the auto repair shop as soon as possible. If you neglect to get the problem fixed, and it sits over the winter unused, it could result in a much larger repair bill come spring.
One of the major causes of a need for air conditioner repair is an AC system leak, which can be very difficult to detect. The refrigerant used in AC systems evaporates when it comes in contact with outside oxygen, so an ultraviolet fluid must be used in the system to determine if there is a leak and where it may be at. This test is usually performed after finding low refrigerant pressure.
While an AC leak is a common culprit of little, irregular or no cool air, other reasons include a broken or loose drive belt, a dirty expansion valve or a blown fuse. If you have a blown fuse you can consider yourself lucky, as this will be a fast and inexpensive fix. A broken compressor or slipping compressor clutch can also cause a lack of cold air, and will likely require the expertise of a professional mechanic to detect and repair.
If you experience AC issues while idling you need to ensure the electric fan motor is working. Some vehicles have two, one for the air conditioning condenser and the other for the radiator, which helps prevent your vehicle from overheating. In places like Texas where hot weather is the norm, it is important that both of these fans work properly so that your engine stays cool, along with the interior of your vehicle.
Don't let your AC system rot over the winter if it isn't working. Getting it fixed now will save you time and money in a few months! If you need automotive AC repair in Denton head to Strande's Garage. We will restore that fresh breeze you crave and fix any other issues your car may be suffering from at our full service auto repair shop. Give us a call at (940) 566-2156 to request an appointment for auto repair in Denton or the neighboring communities.