5 steps for your annual AC check
Summer is almost over, but we in San Antonio know that the hot weather has just begun! Our AC systems will be running full blast until at least November! We’ve all been stuck in traffic, but compound traffic with the heat and instantly you’re in an unbearable situation. Most air conditioning systems require an annual system check to ensure smooth operation over its lifetime. Come on by to Bring Your Own Parts and these are the steps we can take to make sure you can take the heat!
A thorough inspection should be performed annually and a typical air conditioning service consists of the following steps:
- A service technician checks pressures to test operation, refrigerant charge and outlet temperatures.
- If the system is found to be low on refrigerant, a leak test is performed to find the source of the leak. Keep in mind that if your vehicle is leaking refrigerant, it is damaging the ozone layer.
- Refrigerant may be added if necessary to “top off” the system, although some states do not allow “topping off.”
- A technician may also check for evidence of refrigerant cross-contamination, which is the mixing of refrigerants.
- A/C service should also include a check of the compressor’s drive belt and tension.
San Antonio can be a tough place on your air conditioning system. There are a lot of different components that make up your A/C system so make sure that they are all working properly. If your air conditioner is not blowing very cold or the strength of the air is weak, you should get an AC check. It will be much more costly to replace an entire system than to simply fix a leak or recharge your current system. Thankfully, Bring Your Own Parts has two locations, 6610 Bandera and 26587 US Highway 281 North. Where ever you are in San Antonio, we’re here to serve your auto repair needs.