Is It Time for an Air Conditioning Tune-Up?

Summer is just around the corner and we are all looking forward to long days and warmer temperatures in Alaska. It may have been awhile since the last time you used your vehicle's air conditioner to cool you down, so that makes this time of year an ideal time to get your A/C system tuned up. Don't wait until it gets too hot or stuffy. Bring your vehicle down to either of Simard Automotive's Fairbanks repair shop locations and we'll make sure your air conditioning system is working its best.

Inspection, Testing and Repair

The first step to any air conditioning tune-up is to review the system and certain key components. Our technicians can run specific tests focused on the air temperature, quality and consistency. If any one of those elements is off, we can then inspect further to uncover specific problems that need to be repaired or adjusted. Here are some of the common issues that will affect the performance of your car's air conditioning system:

Dirty Vents - Vents and ducts can get dirty over time and sometimes even mold can develop. This will dramatically affect both the air quality and the consistency with which it blows into the passenger cabin.

Low Coolant Level - All cars with air conditioning will have some kind of air conditioning coolant such as Freon that quickly cools the air being pushed out through the vents. If the coolant level is low, the air won't get—or stay—as cool as it should. It can be recharged or refilled as needed.

Coolant Leaks - There could be a crack or leak in one of the coolant lines that leads to the low coolant level. This is something you will want repaired or it will be a constant (and sometimes dangerous) problem.

Electrical Malfunctions - If there is an electrical problem or weak battery, your air conditioner may not perform like it should.

Thermostat - The more modern the vehicle, the more sophisticated the air conditioning system will be. Thus, the more things that need to be looked at during an air conditioning system review and tune-up.

Cabin Air Filter - Your cabin air filter will get dirty over time and will need to be replaced to maintain good air quality inside your vehicle. It doesn't need to be replaced as often as an engine air filter, but it does need to be changed out periodically.

These are just a few of the specific things Simard Automotive technicians look at when performing an air conditioning system test/inspection and tuning it up for optimal performance. If you are experiencing problems with your A/C or just want to have it looked at and fine-tuned before the summer season is in full swing, call Simard Automotive today at (855) 690-0889 (Aeronca Ave.) or (855) 639-5001 (Gaffney Rd.). Or, schedule your service appointment online.


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