Air Conditioning Services
Nevada summers are brutally hot, and these days can seem longer when your air conditioner is blowing hot air or not working at all. Drivers in the Las Vegas Valley should know that without regular maintenance, an air conditioner loses about 5% of its original efficiency per year. This means that without proper maintenance, your air conditioning unit may be performing as poorly as other models that are years older. The good news is that you can still recover most of that lost efficiency with a car air conditioning service.
Knowledgeable Car Air Conditioning Shop
Contact our factory-trained professionals for a car air conditioning service. We understand all aspects of AC repair and service, from modern computerized components to environmental disposal concerns. Today’s AC systems are fairly complex, and new improvements are always being initiated. That’s why you should to turn to us, the qualified source for everything related to your air conditioning system.
The Components of Your AC System
The following is a brief schematic of some of the basic components that comprise this system:
The compressor is a belt-driven device that derives its name from its ability to compress refrigerant gas and transfer it into the condenser. While acting as a simple pump, the compressor is the core of your vehicle’s air-conditioning system.
The condenser’s primary function is to cool the refrigerant. It is a heat-dissipating apparatus that radiates heat released by compressed gases and condenses them into high-pressure liquids. The location of your condenser depends on how new your car is, but it’s typically found at the front of the vehicle, directly in front of the engine-cooling radiator.
The receiver is a metal container that serves as a storage receptacle for the refrigerant. It’s also referred to as a drier because it absorbs moisture from the refrigerant and filters out particles of debris and harmful acids that would otherwise harm your AC system. Commonly located on the liquid line of the AC system, your drier should be changed every 3-4 years to ensure quality filtration and prevent any damage caused by these detrimental chemicals.
Orifice Tube/Expansion Valve
The orifice tube (also known as the expansion valve) is a controlling mechanism that regulates the flow of refrigerant throughout the system. In addition to this, it also converts high-pressure liquid refrigerant (from the condenser) into a low-pressure liquid, so that it can enter the evaporator. Generally located at the evaporator inlet, the orifice tube could also be found between the condenser and the evaporator or in the outlet of the condenser.
The evaporator is designed to remove heat from the inside of your vehicle; therefore, it is a heat exchanger that is vital to your vehicle’s A/C system (not to mention your comfort). The evaporator allows the refrigerant to absorb heat, causing it to boil and change into a vapor. When this occurs, the vapor is removed from the evaporator by the compressor, cooling your car and reducing humidity. Because the evaporator houses the most refrigerant in this heat transfer process, it is the most susceptible to corrosion by harmful acids. Usually this damages the evaporator beyond repair, which is why it is imperative that you see us to prevent this from happening.
To ensure that your A/C is running at maximum efficiency when you need it most, take advantage of our car air conditioning service. Schedule an appointment at one of our 15 locations today. Your vehicle will thank you later!