How much does an A/C repair cost?
Depending on the make and model and the type of damage, fixing or replacing your AC unit may be anywhere from $100-$800.
What is the A/C system for a vehicle?
When you turn your vehicle's A/C on, the compressor pumps refrigerant to the condenser where high-pressure refrigerant vapor gets turned into a liquid. From there, liquid refrigerant is moved to the receiver dryer, a small reservoir made for it. Moisture is removed before the pressurized refrigerant heads for the expansion valve. The valve removes pressure from the liquid refrigerant so it can expand and become refrigerant vapor after it passes through the evaporator. Vapor is then transformed into cool air circulating through your vehicle’s A/C vents.
What are the common symptoms of A/C problems?
The most obvious sign that something's wrong will be either a lack of cool air circulating through your vehicle or a loss of airflow.
Strange noises when you turn on the AC could be caused by low refrigerant, a worn belt, or a broken compressor.
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How urgent are A/C repairs?
A faulty A/C doesn’t usually lead to any other damage to your vehicle. Still the longer the problem goes on, the more expensive it might become to fix, especially if you keep using it. So rule of thumb, when in doubt, play it safe and get it fixed now.
What are common A/C maintenance issues?
The cabin air filter should be changed every 10,000 miles. This isn’t the same filter in your engine but one that makes sure clean, high-quality filtered air blows out of your vents. Another common maintenance item is the A/C drive belt. The A/C belt drives the A/C compressor. Since it’s made of rubber, it can crack, glaze, or become loose causing insufficient or no cold air. In general, you should service your A/C system at one of our expert repair shops every couple of years to keep things healthy.