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On a sweltering summer day, there’s nothing quite like getting into your car, turning on the air conditioning system, and feeling its cool breeze wash over you. On the other hand, it’s no fun at all when the weather gets hot and your A/C isn’t cooling your vehicle the way it should.
To make sure your vehicle’s A/C functions properly and doesn’t let you down during a heat wave, consider stopping in at your local Valvoline Instant Oil Change to get your system checked and have the refrigerant recharged.
To keep your vehicle cool, a substance called refrigerant is sealed into the A/C system. The system circulates this refrigerant through a variety of elements connected by hoses and tubes. The refrigerant gets pressurized by a compressor into a hot liquid, then depressurized, cooled, and turned into a vapor that re-enters the compressor. This process helps remove heat from the vehicle’s interior while air chilled by the refrigerant is circulated into the cabin by a blower fan.
Over time, you may notice that your vehicle’s A/C system just isn’t cooling your cabin like it used to; perhaps it’s even blowing out warm air. One key reason for this could be refrigerant loss, especially if your vehicle is an older model. Over time, your car’s A/C system will gradually lose some refrigerant. The proper amount of refrigerant is needed for it to operate effectively.
Fortunately, you can get an A/C recharge service completed to fix the problem. A recharge is essentially a refrigerant refill, and it can do wonders for the A/C system. If you think your vehicle may need a recharge, don’t put it off for too long. Operating without the necessary amount of refrigerant can gradually take a toll on the system, causing important — and expensive-to-repair — components like the compressor or the condenser to malfunction.
Instead of trying to handle an A/C recharge on your own, it’s best to let the trained automotive professionals at Valvoline Instant Oil Change handle this complicated task for you in about 30 minutes.
As part of the recharge process, our team will use specialized equipment to reduce the A/C system’s pressure and evacuate out the refrigerant. The equipment will then perform a pressure check of the A/C system and then install the proper amount of refrigerant. Our technicians will also complete a thorough inspection to find out if any hoses or other components are leaking. That way, you won’t have to get another recharge anytime soon.