This time of year is the right time to start looking for quality auto AC repair services. As the weather heats up, it’s a good idea to make sure your air conditioning system is in good working order. Of course, you want your air conditioning system to be working well so that you stay cool and comfortable as you drive, but there are also some other important reasons to have your air conditioning system serviced before the weather gets too hot.
Like any mechanical system in your car, your air conditioning system functions best when it has the proper environment to work in. Did you know that besides refrigerant, your air conditioning system also requires oil to work properly? For more information about the oil required in your air conditioning system, check out our article about compressor oil.
It makes sense that your air conditioning system needs oil since it has a compressor in it. The compressor in your air conditioning system is simply a pump. Although it may be different in design from other pumps in your vehicle, like your oil pump, it shares the need for close tolerances and high speeds to get its job done. The close tolerances and high speeds require lubrication to keep things cool and to keep them from wearing out like any other system. The compressor oil does a good job cooling and lubricating things, but the conditions of your refrigerant can also affect the longevity of your compressor.
Your air conditioning system is designed to operate under certain pressures to work correctly. If you’ve got an abnormal condition in your system, it can change these pressures enough to put undue stress on the compressor. For example, if the refrigerant level gets low due to a leak, it can reduce the low side pressure. This lower pressure can cause the compressor to work harder than it is designed to the raise the pressure in your system enough to produce the desired cooling effect. Similarly, if the pressure is too high after the compressor due to a clog or something like that, it can also cause premature wear in the compressor as the compressor struggles against the extra pressure.
There are other components that can fail in your system that can cause premature wear in the compressor. For example, if your dryer becomes clogged, damaged or overfilled it can allow liquid refrigerant to enter into the compressor which can cause damage. Lastly, small wear particles from your compressor aging or other foreign matter in your system can cause wear and problems down the road.
To help reduce the possibility of accelerated wear in your air conditioning system, it’s important to have regular auto AC repair services performed on your car. For example, if you’ve got a damaged condenser, it’s important to quickly replace it to make sure your air conditioning system doesn’t end up with a bunch of sand and road debris inside the system. Similarly, it’s smart to have the system pressures checked regularly and to have the system evacuated and refilled to make sure there is no debris in the refrigerant and the correct amount of refrigerant is present.
If you’ve taken your car in for auto AC repair and are told that you’ve got a slow leak in your system, it’s important to take quick action. A slow leak is one of the things that can change the pressures in your system and cause your compressor to work overtime. Luckily, fixing a slow leak is as easy as using Red Angel AC Stop Leak. If you want to have your mechanic fix the leak, you can have them simply install Red Angel A/C Stop Leak with their AC repair equipment. If you prefer to seal the leak yourself, you can use Red Angel A/C Stop Leak & Conditioner Aerosol to quickly and easily add Red Angel Stop Leak to your air conditioning system and seal the leak from the inside out.
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