Air Conditioning & Heating in Southwest Portland, OR
Car AC Service at MotorCar Doctors Auto Repair in Southwest Portland
Does your car’s A/C need to be repaired? No problem, we can help!
An automobile’s air conditioning system functions just like a standard air conditioner but on a smaller scale. When the weather heats up, nothing beats jumping into the air-conditioned comfort of your car.
In the long run, however, A/C fittings can become loose, O-rings, hoses, and seals wear out, and your refreshingly icy blasts will come to an end! That’s where we come in. With our AC services, you can enjoy your summers without any hassle.
What does Car AC service include?
Whether repairing small or oversized vehicles, refrigerant levels and cooling fans are all parts of vehicle air conditioning repair. Regardless of the estimates or diagnostic assessments, we can perform anything from an annual inspection to diagnosing and replacing system components. Reviewing the system regularly ensures cool air efficiency and helps identify possible refrigerant leaks. You may also need the following services:
- Checking the fan level on the system.
- PSI pressure to determine Freon level.
- Checking the output temperature.
- Testing the compressor and blower fan for proper operation.
- Detecting signs of aging and potential failure of belts and hoses.
- Diagnostics for possible problems with switches, fuses, wiring, condensers, or internal compressor seal failure.
- Replacement of orifice tube
When does your car’s AC system need to be repaired?
Check for these signs of a broken air conditioning system to determine if your vehicle’s air conditioning is malfunctioning or on the way out.
1. Warm air is blowing from the AC.
If your car’s air conditioning is blowing warm air or the system is malfunctioning, the expansion valve or orifice tube needs to be replaced.
2. You notice a strange, weird smell when using your AC system.
In the event that your air conditioning has not been used recently, bacteria and fungus can form, resulting in a foul odor.
3. There is a lot of moisture inside your car.
When the air inside your car is moist, the most common cause is usually humidity or debris trapped in your air conditioning system.
4. The cold air is weak, or no cold air is blowing at all.
The most common reason why your air conditioning stops cooling is due to an insufficient level of refrigerant, a broken condenser, or a damaged compressor belt.
5. There’s a leak from your air conditioning.
When your AC system is functioning properly, it will drain water outside your vehicle. Consequently, a clog in your water line can cause backups in other places, including the floor mats on your floor. In order to prevent an extremely dangerous situation, leaks of refrigerants must be addressed as soon as possible.
6. A loud whirring noise can be heard.
If you hear a loud, high-pitched whirring noise while operating the air conditioner, it could be due to a shot compressor bearing (if the noise is coming from the engine bay). On the other hand, if the noise is coming from inside the cabin, it could be the blower fan assembly that needs to be repaired.
7. Overheating of the engine
The compressor also uses engine power (via the serpentine belt) like the steering and water pump. There is a possibility that the compressor’s clutch can seize, causing an unnecessary load on the compressor. As a result, the engine overheats.
What is the recommended maintenance schedule for car air conditioning?
Maintaining your vehicle correctly and keeping it on the road longer is our priority. We are familiar with manufacturer-recommended maintenance schedules. Your car’s A/C system should be thoroughly inspected at least once a year. It would be best if you had it checked out when something seems out of the ordinary with your air conditioning system between routine maintenance appointments.
Is it possible to fix the car air conditioning by myself?
You can recharge a car’s freon at home with freon recharging kits made available online and in automotive supply stores. Even if it seems like a convenient alternative to taking your vehicle to a mechanic, working on your A/C system at home carries some significant risks.
Adding too much freon or over pressurizing your car’s cooling system can permanently damage the A/C compressor clutch if you recharge it at home. Often, a thirty-dollar repair can become a repair that costs more than the vehicle is worth. A person may decide to take this risk based on their experience in auto repair.
Save yourself the time and frustration – trust MotorCar Doctors Auto Repair of Beaverton for all your AC needs. We have a team of technicians with decades of combined experience to help fix your vehicle AC and keep you cool.
We are a full service auto shop in Southwest Portland, offering top of the line AC repair, but also other maintenance and repair services such as:
Call us today or send us a message online to book your next appointment!