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Imagine a bright, sunny day in the peak of summer. You stroll to your driveway, get in your car, put on a beautiful song on the radio and blast the air conditioning to full force, hoping for a cool journey to your office. Only, it’s hot air coming out from the vent, and you’re left sweating in the middle of the bustling traffic.
If that scenario is all too familiar to you, it doesn’t take a rocket scientist to decipher that something is wrong with the air conditioning system in your car. The question is, what can you do about it?
Many things, actually! But before we go into that, let’s take a cursory look at how the air con magically transforms the hot air into a cool breeze almost instantly.
Understanding the Air Conditioning Process
All air conditioners, not just the ones in your car, use the principles of evaporation, condensation, compression and expansion. If you’re not a science buff, let us explain these in layman’s terms.
There are five major parts in your car’s A/C:
- Accumulator a.k.a. receiver drier
- Expansion valve a.k.a. orifice tube
Here’s how it works. The compressor stores a refrigerant (Freon, in most cases) which, when the air con is turned on, is pumped to the condenser under high pressure. The condenser allows fresh air to pass through it and liquefies the gas at a very low temperature.
The liquid then flows to the accumulator which removes any impurities it might have before pushing it to the expansion valve, whose principal function is to control the amount of the liquid refrigerant that goes into the evaporator. Yes, you guessed it right! The evaporator turns the liquid into vapour that comes out as the cold air from your vent.
What Can Go Wrong?
Barring mechanical faults such as leaks and cracks, the primary issue that air cons face is the loss of the refrigerant gas. The gas passes through the entire unit and due to the constant evaporation and condensation, some of it is lost in the process.
When the level of the gas becomes too low, it doesn’t cool the air anymore. Luckily, it’s nothing that a quick visit to ADD Tyres and Exhausts, the most trusted destination for aircon regas in Pickering, won’t fix.
How Often Do You Need To Do Air Condition Recharge?
The official manufacturer’s recommendation is you should re-gas your aircon every two years. But let’s be practical. No one goes for an air condition recharge in Pickering until the system is screaming for help and pushing hot air through the vents.
While there is unlikely to be any significant issue if you don’t follow the manufacturer’s recommendation to a T, it puts unnecessary pressure on the compressor, which if broken takes a lot more money to fix than re-gassing.
How Long Will Recharging The Aircon Take?
If it’s only recharging your aircon, the service generally takes about 45 minutes. However, if there are other faults in the A/C, such as leaks, it may take a while longer to fix it.
If a comfortable ride is what you look for from your car, the air conditioning system has to work perfectly. In case it isn’t, visit ADD Tyres and Exhausts, the perfect place for fixing your air conditioning in Pickering.