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Properly working A/C is important

Napa-AutoCare-Mechanical-CenterYour air conditioning system uses refrigerant to create cold air. The most common reasons why your vehicle’s air conditioning system would lose their cold air will have to do with the refrigerant. The first main issue is generally not enough refrigerant. Refrigerant is a gas in the system and very small holes in a hose, seal or coupler can allow enough to leak out to prevent the creation of cold air.

Most of us we don’t give our air conditioning a second thought as long as it’s making cold air. But it’s a complex and expensive system that we should think about before it starts blowing hot air.

The refrigerant in the air conditioner contains a special oil that lubricates and cools the A/C parts. When enough refrigerant leaks out, your air conditioner still makes cold air, but the parts don’t have enough oil to protect them and they wear out faster than they should so it’s important to service the air conditioner as recommended.

Replacing old refrigerant has another benefit: refrigerant tends to gather moisture and become corrosive. That causes leaks in the system which can be expensive to repair. Fresh refrigerant protects the air conditioning components and keeps the system operating at peak efficiency so it doesn’t have to work as hard to keep you cool.

Even with regular service A/C parts can just wear out. Normal wear and tear eventually gets to all moving parts. Addressing early problems can save on more extensive repairs down the road. For instance, a common failure is the clutch that turns the compressor on and off. If you can take care of a bad A/C clutch when it first starts having problems, you may be able to save the compressor. Don’t wait too long or you’ll have to replace both. So when it comes to air conditioning, leave it to the professionals at your NAPA AutoCare Center — Finish Line Auto Repair!

Finish Line Auto Repair
815 D Spring Street #1
Friday Harbor, WA

Phone: 360-378-5685
Hours: Monday through Friday 8-5
Saturday by appointment only