Is your car blowing out hot air this summer? Learn what happens when your car needs a recharge and the potential repairs you may need!
Another hot day of summer, and aren’t you tired of sweating in your vehicle because your air conditioner isn’t working?
Are you my son?
Because he’s currently driving with his windows down, panting, because of this problem.
Hi, I’m Nancy at Kneble’s Auto Service Center.
All too often, customers come in asking for air conditioning service because their vehicle is blowing hot air at them.
They usually say they need a shot of coolant.
First of all, what they mean to say is they need Freon.
But before I correct this common misconception, please like us on Facebook, follow us on Instagram and subscribe to our YouTube channel.
It’s a common misconception, as they want to be cool. But coolant is used in the cooling system to keep the engine cool, not the passengers in the vehicle.
You can learn more about that in my cooling flush video.
Before you get the added Freon, it should be determined that there are no electrical problems with your air conditioning system and that the system turns on and off without any problem.
Once that’s established, understand that if your vehicle doesn’t have the proper amount of Freon in your system, you will experience the horrible hot air, which is why you’re at the auto repair shop.
That said, having too much Freon is just as bad as having too little Freon.
This is why the check is done. Nothing worse than driving on a hot day, not getting the cold, beautiful air blowing at you from your AC.
Here’s the kicker. If you’re low on Freon, there’s a leak. Air conditions are a closed system, and if working properly, they shouldn’t be losing Freon.
Since some repairs can be very costly, it may behoove you to have the air conditioner in your vehicle just recharged every year with the proper amount of Freon.
Usually, when they recharge, dye is installed during the recharge process to help locate the leak.
Be aware, some leaks may not be seen immediately. If you have a small leak, your recharging may last the entire summer.
But if you’re like my son, his recharge didn’t last even half the summer. And, Grant, I hate to break it to you, but your leak is in the evaporator, which is a 14-hour job, plus the cost of the repairs.
Think about that.
Thank you for watching.
Call to schedule your vehicle for service if you have a concern.
Give us a call at (609) 625-3286.
And we are located here at 5473 Somers Point Road in Mays Landing, next to Freddy J’s Bar & Kitchen. See you here or see you there.
Thank you for watching.