Kent WA Auto Air Conditioning Repair Service. All makes & models. ASE certified auto AC repair technicians have the training, experience, and equipment to correctly do Auto Air Conditioner Repair Service in Kent WA.
How Much Does Auto Air Conditioning Repair Service Cost?
We specialize in Auto Air Conditioning Repair Service so we can provide the best Auto Air Conditioning Repair Service price in Kent WA.
When you compare Auto Air Conditioning Repair Service cost in Kent WA make sure the quote includes ALL required parts and labor.
Auto Air Conditioning Repair Service parts vary widely in both quality and especially cost. Low cost aftermarket replacement parts typically don't last as long as the original equipment replacement parts. Poor quality Auto Air Conditioning Repair Service may also affect engine performance. Auto Air Conditioning Repair Service warranty also varies greatly. When you get a Auto Air Conditioning Repair Service estimate make sure you know what type of parts are being used.
Auto Air Conditioning Repair Service cost can vary widely depending on the vehicle and labor required to service or repair Auto Air Conditioning system.
Do your wallet a favor and contact Warren Secord Automotive for Auto Air Conditioning Repair Service.
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Stay cool with an auto air conditioning service. Our air conditioning repair shop can fix any climate control problems to keep you comfortable summer or winter.
4 Signs Your Air Conditioning System Needs Service
- Blows hot air even when set to 'cold'
- A/C runs constantly, but never gets cold
- Inconsistent temperature control
- Stale, moldy, or damp smell from vents
Expert Automotive Air Conditioning Repair
Our standard air conditioning service performance and diagnostic check includes:
- Visually inspect all air conditioner parts and components
- A/C system performance test (Vent Temperature & Air Volume)
- System pressure test
- System control test
- Perform leak detector test
- Optional dye leak detection test (for difficult to find leaks)
Our ASE certified technicians perform a checklist inspection of your complete air conditioning system and provide a written analysis with estimated air conditioner repair cost.
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Did You Know...
The Federal Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) regulates the type of refrigerant you can use in your auto air conditioner and how it is handled. Our Kent, WA auto AC service shop our technicians follow strict EPA rules for properly removing and disposing of used refrigerant gas, protecting the environment while keeping you cool. At Warren Secord Automotive in Kent, WA we install quality AC replacement parts purchased from reputable USA refrigerant suppliers to protect your vehicle and the environment. Give us a phone call at (732) 477-9776 and let us help keep your cool.
Counterfeit Refrigerant Gases
Beware of low priced air conditioning service! Use of imported counterfeit and poor quality AC refrigerant gas is on the increase, bringing with it a long list of problems, ranging from poor AC cooling performance, to costly damage to your AC system parts.
Warren Secord Automotive buys refrigerant gas from reputable, US refrigerant suppliers to protect your vehicle and the environment.
Auto Air Conditioning - Best Invention Ever!
It's the first hot day of the summer. You turn on your AC only to discover an unwelcome blast of warm air from the vents. That's when you turn to Warren Secord Automotive for your auto air conditioning service and repair. From a simple auto air conditioning repair, AC diagnostic service, replace AC clutch, or repair air conditioning compressor, Warren Secord Automotive can do it.
Increase Fuel Mileage
When your AC system is not working correctly it will increase your vehicle fuel burn. Your Air Con has to run longer to get the cooling required. This takes more power from the engine which causes more fuel to be burnt.
Did you know that your air conditioning system loses 5% to 10% of its cooling freon gas (and cooling capacity) each year? This freon leakage is normal, but means that over time without regular maintenance your air conditioning has to work harder to cool your vehicle. Making the AC system work harder to cool your car wears out parts faster and increases AC repair cost. Also, the longer your AC has to run to cool your vehicle the more fuel it burns which greatly increases your fuel cost!
But there is a simple fix. A yearly AC system recharge and test will keep your AC system working at top performance. Schedule an appointment with one of our trained automotive AC repair technicians at Warren Secord Automotive - they understand all aspects of AC repair, from modern computerized components to environmental disposal concerns.
Most of us in Kent, WA don’t give our vehicle air conditioning a second thought as long as it is producing cold air. But it is a complex and expensive system that we should care for before it fails.
Your vehicle’s air conditioning system plays an important part in providing you and your passengers with both comfort and safety. The auto air conditioning system is responsible for cooling, heating, defrosting, air filtering, and humidity control. It provides comfort during the hot summer and ensures you have a clear view of the road in the damp, cold winter months. Yes your AC system works in the winter!
Your automobile AC system is a great convenience that is often taken for granted. At Warren Secord Automotive we check your vehicle's air conditioning system to make sure that it is functioning properly and provide service if needed. Our ASE Certified Technicians are experts at air conditioning freon R134a refill and can pressure gauge check the system, recycle used freon gas, check AC pump drive belts, and performance test your A/C system. It’s the best way to make sure you can beat the heat in cool comfort, all summer long!
Kent WA Automotive Air Conditioning Service
How often do we recommend an AC service?
Once yearly. Usually in spring before the hot weather begins.
Besides keeping you cool, regular auto AC refrigerant recharge has another major benefit. Refrigerant freon gas absorbs moisture from the air which leaks into the system and turns the gas into a corrosive acid. This acid damages internal parts and creates very expensive repairs. Fresh refrigerant protects air conditioning components and keeps your AC system operating at peak efficiency, lowering fuel costs, and keeping you cool.
The refrigerant gas in your air conditioner also contains a special oil that lubricates the internal A/C parts. A small amount of this oil escapes with normal freon gas leakage. When enough oil leaks out, your air conditioner still produces cold air, but the internal parts don’t have enough oil to protect them. This results in increased wear and eventual component failure. To prevent this it is important to service your auto air conditioning system on a regular basis.
Prevent Expensive AC Repairs
Even with regular service A/C parts do wear out over time. Normal wear and tear eventually gets to all moving parts. Catching problems early can save you from extensive repairs. For instance, a common part that wears out is the compressor shaft seal. This lets the freon gas leak leak out which causes the system to cycle on and off more frequently in its attempt to keep you cool. This more frequent on and off cycling wears out the clutch that drives the AC compressor and the compressor itself. Wait too long before replacing the leaking seal and you’ll have a very expensive repair bill for the premature failure of the A/C clutch and compressor!
Annual AC Inspection
An annual inspection of your air conditioning system will help prevent costly repairs. Warren Secord Automotive often offers AC inspection specials in our Auto Repair Specials Page. Inspection and preventative maintenance can really make a difference in the cost of repairs. So don't wait. Get your AC checked today.
Your vehicle owner’s manual will tell you how often you should have your AC system serviced. Our service advisor will be happy to provide service recommendations and answer your questions.
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Auto Air Conditioning Problems
Common Automobile Air Conditioning System Problems
It’s 90 degrees outside, you're stuck in traffic, and your vehicle interior is really heating up. When you hit that little “AC” button you expect cold air, and quick! Not humid, warm air... Now is not the time to experience a vehicle air conditioning problem!
When your automobile air conditioner stops blowing cold, or starts making a strange noise, a properly trained and certified auto repair AC technician must perform a set of air conditioning diagnostic tests to understand what component is at fault, and what is needed to complete the repair.
What are the symptoms of an air conditioning problem?
The most common symptoms of an auto air conditioning problem are blowing warm air from the vents, squeaking or grinding noises, or when the air conditioner is activated, the engine idle speed does not change.
Can I drive with an air conditioning problem?
In most situations a vehicle with a faulty air conditioner is perfectly safe to drive. However, if grinding or squeaking noises are heard it may indicate a problem with the AC compressor pulley, a AC pump bearing failure, or a serpentine belt or drive belt problem and it is best to not drive, or have it inspected as soon as possible. Especially if a dashboard warning light illuminates.
How often does the air conditioning system require diagnosis?
In Kent, WA, automotive air conditioning systems typically require a yearly inspection and function test, a refrigerant pressure test, and possible refrigerant top up.
Frequency of auto air conditioning service or repair depends on the amount of use the AC system gets. Hot or humid weather places high demands on your auto's AC system and causes much more wear. Auto air conditioner systems work both in summer and winter. The AC system is very important for defogging the inside of windows in damp climates!
Warren Secord Automotive & Tire, your local Kent, WA auto air conditioner repair shop will know your local conditions and and vehicle, and how often your auto's AC system should be serviced for your local conditions.
Car Air Conditioning Problems
Problem: Air Conditioning not working - AC diagnosis
When your vehicle air conditioner stops blowing cold, or starts making a strange noise, a properly trained and certified auto repair technician must perform a set of diagnostic tests to understand what AC component is at fault, and what is needed to complete the air conditioner repair.
Repair: AC system service usually once per year in the Kent, WA area. We check your vehicle's cabin air filter, check the vent air flow volume, measure the air temperature exiting the vents, measure the system refrigerant pressures, evacuate and check for system leaks, and refill the system with the correct amount of refrigerant. Contact us or request an appointment for your AC service.
Problem: No air is blowing from vents
Air conditioning air flow is created by a blower motor and directed through passageways in the dashboard using vent flaps and doors. The blower motor and the passageway flaps and doors can fail causing airflow issues. There are 4 common reasons for no vent airflow:
The blower motor is a fan that blows air into the passenger compartment. The motor can stop working for two main reasons: the motor fails or the electrical system controlling the motor have failed.
Vent Control Cables
Cable vent control systems are quite simple. A lever or knob, a cable, and a vent door or flap. When you move the lever or knob, the cable opens and closes the door, changing the direction of the airflow. The problem is usually broken cables, but the control lever can break, or the vent door can break.
Vacuum Operated Vents
These systems use vacuum to operate a vacuum motor which operates the vent door or flap. The controls can be mechanical or electronic, but the system will use vacuum hoses to transmit vacuum to the controls and vacuum motors. Most common problem is a vacuum leak due to deteriorated vacuum hoses.
Electrically Operated Vents
Most newer vehicles have a electrically controlled vent system which uses electric motors to change the vent door position. A vent control module will send a signal to the appropriate electric motor, which opens and closes the vent door accordingly. Problems vary with vehicle makes and models but most common problems are with motors or control module issues. Electrically controlled vent system problems require electrical diagnostic skills to correctly diagnose and repair.
Problem: Air Conditioning Pump Noise
AC pump noise can be caused by a worn drive belt, drive belt idler bearing problem, worn AC pump clutch problem, AC pump problem, or low refrigerant level.
Repair: AC diagnosis to identify the problem, repair or replace the defective component, recharge the AC system, and test for correct AC function. Phone Warren Secord Automotive & Tire for an AC diagnostic service in Kent, WA.
Problem: Air Conditioning Pump Not Turning
AC pump not engaging can be caused by low refrigerant level, an AC electrical control problem, AC relay problem, AC pump clutch failure, or failed AC pump.
Repair: Auto air conditioning diagnosis to identify the problem, repair or replace the defective component, recharge the air conditioning system, and test for correct AC function. Phone Warren Secord Automotive & Tire for an automotive air conditioning diagnostic service in Kent, WA.
Problem: AC use causes engine overheat.
Engine overheating whenever the Air Conditioner is used can be as simple as a blocked AC condenser, e.g. a plastic bag, mud, or leaves, or as complicated as an engine cooling system problem.
Repair: Diagnosis starts with an AC system inspection, AC system diagnostic and then progresses depending on what is discovered. Our automotive air conditioning diagnostic service is billed in units of time. Your permission is requested before any further diagnostic or repair work is done. Our auto AC repair technician and Service Advisor will communicate their findings with you and discuss repair options and costs.
Problem: Musty or moldy smell from AC vents.
Mold and mildew can grow throughout your auto's ventilation and heating system and create very unpleasant odors and unhealthy air quality. When you use the AC system the mold particles and smell is carried out into the vehicle cabin. This is especially bad problem on vehicles without cabin filters that operate in hot, high humidity environments. The cabin air filter will also trap mold and mildew particles which build up and contribute to smells.
Repair: Different cleaning treatments can be performed depending on how severe the AC mold smell problem is. The first step is to check and replace the vehicle cabin filter. Next, there are aerosol spray treatments if the is problem is mild. They act as a temporary deodorizer for a limited time and do not kill the mold or 'solve' the problem. If the mold problem is severe there are more costly chemical treatments, or may require an ozone generator treatment to kill the mold and mildew within the vent system. Please contact Warren Secord Automotive & Tire in Kent, WA to discuss your AC mold problem and repair.