Low Car AC Refrigerant (Freon)?
The gas used to refill or recharge your vehicles AC is refrigerant (traditionally Freon, phasing out). AC refrigerant for your vehicle serves two main purposes:
cool the interior cabin air
sustain pressure for AC airflow
Low refrigerant means your AC won’t cool the air inside the vehicle cabin like it used to. No refrigerant and your whole AC system may be compromised and no longer kick in because of low pressure.
A car AC recharge fixes the most common car AC problems. If you think your vehicle is has low refrigerant schedule service or tell us the problem with you car AC and request a quote from our mechanics.
A few considerations concerning AC refrigerant:
Freon vs Refrigerant
Low Freon means your car won't cool your cabin as usual. The new Freon gas for AC recharge is Opteon. Freon is not the gas but rather a brand with a host of refrigerants. Freon was phased out to protect our ozone layer. And due to climate change, the ozone friendly Freon is phasing out. Opteon is the next generation refrigerant. But no worries, we stay on track of correct refrigerant to cool your vehicle.
Is It OK Driving With Low Refrigerant?
For short distance driving and for the short term, it is safe to drive with low refrigerant. However, the longer you drive with low levels of refrigerant in the AC system the more likely it is to cause damage to the AC compressor. Refrigerant serves two purposes, cool your interior and lubricate the seals in your AC system and compressor. A lack of lubrication in any system, including AC is never a good idea.
When To Recharge Refrigerant?
Auto makers for modern vehicle's on the road today do not necessarily have a suggested maintenance schedule to recharge the AC. Generally, when you notice a difference in the air quality and coolness of the air coming from the vents will alert you to recharging the AC. Keeping a look out for leaks will also go along way in protecting the AC system in your vehicle. Stop by for an AC system inspection.
How Much Does It Cost To Recharge AC
Recharging the AC on your vehicle generally depends on the amount of refrigerant needed.
The average cost to refill a vehicle’s AC refrigerant is $110 - $170. Prior to an AC recharge, we inspect your AC system to ensure there are no leaks. Our mechanic will detail the results of your AC inspection should repairs, if any, be required before topping up refrigerant.
What's The Difference Between Car AC Recharge vs Repair?
If you car AC needs a recharge of gas (refrigerant) your likely to experience:
Cool air when it should be cold
The air is not as cold as usual
Warm air coming from the vents
Stale air coming from the vents
If your car AC needs repair - for instance a blower motor, you're likely to experience:
AC works sometimes
AC fan only works at certain speeds
AC doesn't come on at all
If the problem is more serious for instance an AC compressor repair, you're likely to experience all of the above plus:
Noises from under the hood
Squeal sound from AC compressor belt
Grinding sound from the compressor
In any case a quick diagnosis of your car, truck or SUV AC unit will pinpoint the exact problem to fix, whether it's a simple AC recharge, repair or replacement.
Whatever problem you're having with your car's AC, keep in mind if your AC needs refrigerant frequently, the compressor might be leaking refrigerant. With low refrigerant, irreparable damage to the compressor may result costing you a complete AC compressor rebuild or replacement. If there is indeed a compressor leak, we will diagnose the system to ensure your AC recharge does not go to waste. If your car, truck or SUV is free of AC gas leaks, we will go ahead and top up the AC refrigerant refill.
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