The air conditioning unit in your vehicle operates similarly to a refrigerator. Your vehicle’s air conditioning unit is designed to move heat from the inside of your car to outside of it.
Your vehicle’s air conditioning unit has six major components:
- The refrigerant carries heat. In modern cars, refrigerant is a substance called R-134a. Older cars’ refrigerant is called r-12 freon, which is more expensive and difficult to find than R-134a.
- The compressor circulates and compresses refrigerant within the vehicle’s cooling system.
- Your vehicle’s condenser changes the refrigerant from gas to liquid and expels heat from the car.
- The expansion valve (sometimes called the orifice tube) is a nozzle that simultaneously drops the pressure of the refrigerant liquid, meter its flow and atomize it.
- Your vehicle’s evaporator transfers heat to the refrigerant from the air blown across it, cooling your car.
- The receiver or dryer filters your vehicle’s refrigerant and oil, removing moisture and other contaminants from them.
When you start your vehicle’s air conditioning system, the compressor works by putting the refrigerant under pressure, sending it to the condensing coils, which are generally in front of your vehicle’s radiator. The condenser expels hot air to outside the car, cooling the air within the vehicle. When this happens, the refrigerant is cooled, and it changes form a gas to a liquid, which then passes through the expansion valve and to the evaporator.
Once the evaporator receives the liquid-state refrigerant, it loses pressure and cools the remaining liquid. The vehicle’s blower moves air across the evaporator and into the vehicle’s interior. If you keep your air conditioning unit turned on, the refrigerant goes through this cycle continuously.
If any of these components is damaged, it can turn your cool car into a furnace during the summer months. Your vehicle’s air conditioning issue could be as simple as topping off refrigerant to replacing a valve. When your air conditioning unit is not working as it should, bring your vehicle to Burk Light Truck and Auto LLC. One of our trained air conditioning specialists will inspect your car’s air conditioner, all lines, the evaporator and the compressor for leaks and wear.
Imagine driving along singing a song with your favorite person by your side. All of a sudden, one of you exclaims, “My goodness! It’s hot! What’s wrong with the air conditioning?!”
Perhaps it’s the middle of winter. The heater begins to change the atmosphere in the car. The environment becomes cooler than that refreshing drink from last summer on the air conditioned patio.
Your car’s air conditioning and heating system may break down any where, any time. It happens invariably when you least expect it and need them most.
Light Truck and Auto Has the Service for You
The wonderful folks at Light Truck and Auto have the knowledge and experience to handle any air conditioning and heating system.
Don’t get caught in the summer with an air conditioning system that doesn’t keep you cool. However, it’s worse in the winter when your heating system doesn’t keep you warm. As one of the mechanics said, “Those systems usually fail due to lack of service.”
The mechanic suggested, “Air conditioning and heating systems should be serviced at least once per year. We check the coolant and all the connections to ensure the visible parts work well.”
There is nothing more uncomfortable than hot air in the summer or cold air in the winter. A simple and efficient maintenance program prevents that problem. Light Truck and Auto fixes your problem before anyone can say, “My goodness, it’s hot!” They keep your heater working in the middle of winter, too.
The wonderful folks at Light Truck and Auto make sure your air conditioning and heating systems work when they’re supposed to work. They give you two fewer things in your car or truck to worry about. You drive away with a safe vehicle.
Call Light Truck and Auto to make an appointment at (940) 569-9344. Visit their shop in Burkburnett or Iowa Park, Texas.