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Utah Residents: Time To Repair Your Car Air Conditioning

By Scott Jones

Now that Summer Solstice has passed and things in Utah look like they’ll be on the warmer side until fall, the air conditioning units are undoubtedly beginning to be used more frequently. Some people are probably noticing that their car’s A/C doesn’t work like it did last summer. For good reasons Utah car repair centers get more air conditioning repair requests during this time of year than any other time. The point that this article will attempt to make is that with a little bit of preventative maintenance, and some know-how, you can avoid most of the very-expensive A/C repairs.

I suppose the first thing I should address is some of the causes behind the failure of an air conditioner. It’s a pretty delicate system that is made up of a lot of small parts. The central component to the system is the compressor-which, as its name suggests-compresses the Freon gas and makes it cold. It is also the most expensive part of the air conditioning system; a fact that your Orem car repair and service center will surely advise you of. It is important to keep foreign items from reaching the sensitive parts of the compressor. It also is important to keep the system lubricated properly.

So your A/C is faltering; what now? First off, you need to turn it off. Utah car repair shops have to charge more to fix more damage, so leaving your A/C on while it is failing will only cost you more. Since it’s probably hot outside when the A/C fails, people tend to want to suck every last drop out of the system before they take it in-bad idea. When it gets really hot, cars tend to overheat, in which case the air conditioning should be turned off. This is not only because it causes more strain on the engine, but because the added pressure of the hot engine can damage the compressor. It’s no fun in the moment, but turning it off will save you loads!

Believe it or not, you don’t have to be a mechanic to prolong the life of your car’s air conditioning system. By doing a few simple things you can avoid Utah car repair shops and save several hundred dollars. Probably the easiest thing to do is to make sure that the firewall (that vent-looking space right below your windshield and right above your hood) is clear of leaves and debris. It’s also important to not over-stuff the glove box or leave debris on the floor of the passenger side. Leaves, little pieces of paper and leaves can end up in the air conditioning system and cause leaks if these spaces aren’t keep tidy. One other really easy one is to make sure that you are running you air conditioning for several minutes every week or so during the winter. When it isn’t used, the lubricants in the air conditioning system dry out and allow the Freon gas to escape.

Given that the Freon is the blood of the air conditioning system, it is extremely important to monitor its amount. Having too much or too little is detrimental and requires the expertise of a Provo car repair and service technician. Don’t try to recharge or fix the A/C by yourself. If your air conditioning is acting up, it is always best to have it diagnosed and repaired by a specialist. Yes, it will cost you a pretty penny, but will make driving in the hot summer more bearable. The large expense might even motivate you to make sure everything is done as it should, much to the pleasure of your A/C.

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Jones, Scott "Utah Residents: Time To Repair Your Car Air Conditioning." Utah Residents: Time To Repair Your Car Air Conditioning. 6 Jul. 2010. 6 Aug 2014 <>.

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