Let's talk about air conditioning service and repair issues. Most of us don't give our air conditioning a second thought if it is making cold air. But it's a complex and expensive system that we should think about before it starts blowing hot air.
The refrigerant in the air conditioner contains a special oil that lubricates and cools the A/C parts. When enough of the refrigerant leaks out, your air conditioner still makes cold air, but the parts don't have enough oil to protect them. This causes them to wear out faster than they should, so it is important to service the air conditioner as recommended.
Replacing old refrigerant has another benefit: refrigerant tends to gather moisture and vecome corrosive. That causes leaks in the system which can be expensive to repair. Fresh refrigerant protects the air conditioning components and keep the system operating at peak efficiency, so it doesn't have to work as hard to keep you cool.
Even with regular service A/C parts can just wear out. Normal wear and tear eventually get to all moving parts. By addressing early problems you can save on more extensive repairs down the road. For instance, a common failure is the clutch that turns the compressor on and off. If you can take care of a bad A/C clutch when it first starts having problems, you may be able to save the compressor. Wait too long and you'll have to replace both.
Check your owner's manual or ask us at Chickasaw Garage for service recommendations. And if you're hearing strange sounds when your air conditioning turns on, or if it just isn't as cold as it used to be, have us take a look at it to see what it'll take to keep you cool.
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