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Air Conditioning----A/C Blog

Signs that your A/C needs Repair or Service

May 13, 2015 / A/C

Well like most people we don't think of our A/C until we turn it on one hot day and we just can't seem to get cool. Light bulb then goes off in our head and we realize something is wrong with the air conditioner in the car and we are in the reactive mode rather than the preventative mode. Here are some things to look for to warn you that you may need to get your A/C checked by a professional.  

  • The air blowing out is not as cold as it used to be
  • There is a funny smell coming from the vents
  • You hear unusual noises when the A/C is on
  • The defroster no longer defrosts the windshield effectively
  • Water is coming out into the floor of the passenger side

Are you HOT yet? A/C Not Working?

April 30, 2015 / A/C

Well that hot humid North Carolina weather is a little slow getting to us this year, but never fear, it is coming! Now is the time before the hot, hot gets here to make sure your A/C is working properly. It is important that you get your A/C checked by your local professional. Many times an A/C recharge is all that your A/C needs, especially if it has steadily been blowing warmer and warmer over time. Otherwise there is probably bigger issues going on that a recharge will not fix.  

I must warn against the DIY recharge in a can that you can buy at any parts retail store and see so many you tube videos on DIY recharge in a can. This should never be used! There are many types of refrigerants and you may not know if the refrigerant you are adding is the same in your system. Mixing refrigerants can cause serious chemical reactions that can be dangerous and a different refrigerant can cause damage to your A/C components and end up costing you a lot of money. It is easy to over charge a system, even with the cans that have the gauges on them, and the overcharging can cause damage. A bigger issue is if use the canned stuff that contains stop leak, it solidifies when air hits it and causes damage. Yes it may temporarily stop the leak, but once this is done, it gets in the system and can interfere with the components and cause larger more costly repairs. Even a professional may not touch your system after this because it could potentially damage their A/C equipment. So think twice and be SMART. Some things are just better left up to the professional.