Air Conditioning Service and Repairs
Having an optimally working air conditioning system in your automobile makes for a wonderful driving experience in Santa Clara especially in the summer! Drivers who are committed to having their automobiles last, are sure to periodically get their air conditioning systems checked
AC Repair and Services
At Radiatorland of Santa Clara, we have a complete auto AC repair and service which includes the following:
- Identify the air conditioning system refrigerant
- Evacuate the air conditioning cooling system
- Check the air conditioning compressor unit for proper operation
- Check the initial center air conditioning vent temperature
- Check the center vent operation & controls
- Check all hoses and air conditioning connections
- Check the cooling system for leaks
- Check the belt condition and tension
- Add refrigerant fluid to proper factory recommendations
- Add air conditioning oil with leak detection dye
- Check the pressures in the cooling system
Your Air Conditioning System Includes the Following Components
This is the heart of your a/c system. The compressor is what takes the refrigerant (the gas) and pressurizes it so it will cool the air. It’s run by an engine belt. The compressor also has an electrically operated clutch that turns the compressor on and off as you demand more cool air.
The condenser is like a miniature radiator, usually mounted at the front of the car right next to your big radiator. Sometimes the condenser will have its own electric cooling fan, too. The hot, compressed air passes through the condenser and gets lots cooler. As it cools, it becomes a liquid.
The evaporator is another little radiator that does just the opposite task as the condenser. As the super-cool liquid is passed through its tubes, air is forced through and gets really cold, right before it hits your face. As it warms up again, the refrigerant starts turning back into a gas.
Thermal Expansion Valve
You don’t always want to freeze your toes off, so the a/c system has a valve that controls the flow of super-cool refrigerant to the evaporator. This way you can regulate how cold the air blowing on you gets. There are a few types of valves in use these days, but they all do the same thing.
Drier or Accumulator
The drier, also known as the receiver-drier, is sort of the safety catch for your system. The compressor is only supposed to compress the gas form of your refrigerant. However, there’s always a chance that some liquid could make it back that far. The drier catches this liquid before it can damage your compressor. Since even the tiniest leak or careless installation can introduce water moisture to the system, the drier absorbs this chemically, using what’s called a dessicant (similar to that packet of “DO NOT EAT” that comes with electronics). The drier also has a filter that catches any gunk that might be in there.
We Are Here for You
We look forward to serving your oil, lube, and filter change needs. Conveniently located off of El Camino Real the address for Radiatorland of Santa Clara is 2275 De La Cruz Blvd, Suite A Santa Clara, CA 95050.