As with many other components in a vehicle, your car may need an air conditioning (a/c) tune-up. The difference between other replacements in your automobile is a “recharge” is not mandatory – as we discuss further. However, this does not mean you should overlook how you’re a/c system is performing.
The earlier you detect and correct the problem, the better your chances of avoiding additional complications in your car’s a/c system. Knowing how you’re a/c system works and what a recharge is about, will give you a better chance of correcting any deficiency on time. At AAA Radiator and Auto Air Conditioning, we know to assess any issue within your vehicle’s a/c system. Additionally, we have the technology and certified personnel to take care of your car.
How does Automotive Air Conditioning Works?
Maybe you don’t have the time or pay little attention to how an automobile’s air conditioning system works. However, it is essential to know the basics of how your car’s a/c work since it gives you a better chance to identify early indications of repairing.
Five main components create your car’s a/c unit. These are the condenser, compressor, expansion valve, receiver, and an evaporator. Essentially the condenser is in charge of changing high-pressure vapor (refrigerant) and convert it into liquid.
The compressor is arguably the centerpiece of every car’s a/c system. The compressor is in charge of pumping the high-pressure refrigerant into the condenser. The expansion valve has the function of receiving pressurized coolant that comes from the unit’s receiver-dryer. It allows the liquid refrigerant to expand and turn into cold vapor by releasing pressure from it.
The receiver allows the constant flow of the liquid refrigerant by removing any possible moisture in the coolant as it cycles through the unit. Finally, different to the condenser, the evaporator is in charge of turning the liquid refrigerant into gas.
While this is a very simplified overlook at each of an a/c’s main components, it illustrates the many moving parts and science behind it.
How Does an Air Conditioning Recharge Work?
As mentioned before, the a/c’s primary fuel is refrigerant. The refrigerant is the main chemical component in charge of flowing through the air conditioning system making cool air possible. Changing or “recharging” you’re a/c’s refrigerant will depend on how well or how bad your car’s system performs. For instance, lucky car owners may never need to recharge their a/c. However, unlucky ones may need to do it as often as their car requires.
An important thing to understand is “recharging” your car’s a/c does not fall into the regular maintenance service category. An example of a regular maintenance service would be the generally known oil change. In the case of a/c, you should schedule a recharge appointment with your air conditioning mechanic as soon as you see signs of underperformance.
When you take your car to your mechanic, he or she will connect it to a specially designed machine in charge of vacuuming all refrigerant and oil residue from the a/c system. After cleaning the car’s a/c system, it will replace the old refrigerant for a new one. Once the liquid is filled up to the proper level, your mechanic should run some performance tests. If everything goes well, you should be good to hit the road again.
Why Should an A/C Shop Recharge My Air Conditioning System?
According to the United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) a/c recharge must be performed by a certified professional as stated by the Clean Air Act’s sec. 609. Additionally, the equipment used during recharges must be EPA approved or certified by an independent EPA approved agency to certify a/c recharge equipment.
One of the reasons people should not attempt recharging their a/c at home is because the EPA oversees the complete procedure. Handling, recycling and reclaiming refrigerant during a recharge must be done by trained professionals who have the experience to handle the process. Additionally, getting your hands on refrigerant is next to impossible since the CAA restricts the sale of such material to certified technicians only.
However, there are exceptions to this rule. While its true you cannot purchase refrigerant directly from the manufacturer, a certified technician could sell it to you via small containers. The purchaser, in this case, has to deliver a written letter to the seller expressing the containers are meant for resale only.
Miami Automotive Air Conditioning Shop Offering Recharge Services
At AAA Radiator and Auto Air Conditioning, we can take care of your car’s recharge services. We have trained and certified technicians who are well-versed in a/c mechanics. Additionally, we have the technology and everything needed to deliver nothing but top-notch services. If you wish to learn more about our services and how we can help you, call the Miami car a/c repair and recharge experts at AAA Radiator and Auto Air Conditioning at (305) 770-6929 today.