The air conditioning unit in your vehicle operates similarly to a refrigerator. Your vehicle’s air conditioning unit is designed to move heat from the inside of your car to outside.
Your vehicle’s air conditioning unit is equipped with six major components:
As you start your vehicle’s air conditioning system, the compressor works by putting the refrigerant under pressure, sending it to the condensing coils in front of your vehicle’s radiator. The condenser then expels hot air to outside of the car, cooling the air within the vehicle. The refrigerant is then cooled, and changes from a gas to a liquid, which then passes through the expansion valve and to the evaporator.
Once the evaporator receives the liquid-state refrigerant, it loses pressure and cools the remaining liquid. The vehicle’s blower moves air across the evaporator and into the vehicle’s interior. If you keep your air conditioning unit turned on, the refrigerant goes through this cycle continuously.
If any of these components are damaged, it can turn your cool car into a furnace during the summer months. Your vehicle’s air conditioning troubles could be as simple as topping off refrigerant to replacing a valve. When your air conditioning unit is not working as it should, you can bring your vehicle to Faulconer Brothers Automotive Services. One of our trained air conditioning specialists will inspect your car’s air conditioner, all lines, the evaporator, and the compressor for leaks and wear to get you back to riding comfortably again!