Summer is Near, So is the Heat


When is it time to add or replace the refrigerant? You could be proactive and have it done before you experience problems.

According to Napa Service Assist, your air conditioning system uses refrigerant to create cold air. The most common reasons Rochester area drivers lose their cold air have to do with the

refrigerant.

The first is not enough refrigerant. Refrigerant is a gas in the system and very small holes in a hose, seal or coupler can allow enough to leak out to prevent the creation of cold air.

Another potential problem for auto owners is contamination. Over time the inside of the rubber hoses can deteriorate and little bits of rubber can clog up various filters and other parts of the

vehicle A/C system, preventing proper circulation of the refrigerant. And a component could also be worn or broken. So the first step for Rochester drivers who can’t cool their vehicle is a thorough air conditioning inspection, looking for leaks and worn parts. In fact, Federal law requires an inspection before adding refrigerant. Some states do not allow topping off a leaking system.

credit: NAPA Service Assist

credit: NAPA Service Assist

Once any repairs are made, refrigerant is added. At the same time, special oil is added to the system. This oil cools and lubricates various components as it circulates along with the refrigerant. If you have a refrigerant leak, you also have an oil leak – and it’s that both be replenished for proper function and protection of your A/C system.

Sometimes overlooked by drivers is the fact that a worn serpentine belt (which drives the A/C compressor) leads to belt slippage which puts additional strain on the compressor. Replacing your serpentine belt and belt tensioner on schedule at Westgate Auto Repair will extend the life of your A/C compressor and other belt driven accessories.

Give us a call

Westgate Auto Repair
3000 Hwy 14 West
Rochester, MN 55901
507.282.3000
http://www.westgateautorepair.com/

At Westgate Auto Repair we install quality NAPA replacement parts.



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