Car Air Conditioning Repair
IS IT HOT IN YOUR VEHICLE? GET YOUR AC REPAIRED BY LOCAL MECHANICS
Air conditioning in your car doesn’t seem like a necessity, until it doesn’t work – and you’re stuck in traffic on an insanely hot day. While comfort is the main reason to have your AC repaired, a malfunctioning cooling system can also be part of a bigger problem with your electrical system.
Causes of a Failing AC System
- Weak airflow – mold or mildew could have built up in the evaporator case from residual moisture left over after the cooling process.
- Loose equipment – A hose could have been jarred and come undone, this often happens to the blower hose that supplies air to the unit.
- Broken ventilator fan – If the fan is unable to move air, your airflow will be weak or non-existent
- Opened seals – A/C ventilation systems are very sensitive and must remain sealed. If your core case seal, blower house seal, or evaporator core seal is compromised, your system will not function properly.
If your air conditioning is not as cool as it used to be, the lack of cold air can be contributed to any of the following:
- Freon leak, most often caused by a failed seal, O ring, hose, or component
- A clog may have formed in a system tube or hose
- Failed compressor or compressor clutch
- Failed blower motor or blower motor resistor
- Damaged or failed condenser or evaporator
- Vacuum leak
- Failed switch, fuse, relay, control module, or solenoid
To avoid problems with your car air conditioner, choose a qualified auto repair shop for your regular maintenance appointments. Reis Auto will inspect your cooling system and catch minor problems before larger ones appear.
If ever your air conditioner is not working completely, trust our local mechanics to fix your AC in a timely manner without braking the bank. You will never be surprised by your bill when choosing Reis Automotive in New Berlin or Hales Corners. If the final cost of your repair is larger than our quote – we will pay the difference!
Contact our local auto repair shop in your area to inquire about your car’s AC problems!
Why Your Car AC Smells
- Mold and bacteria – The drain tube is often the source of whatever smell is coming from the system. If the tube is working properly, then bacteria may be growing behind your dash panel. A properly injected anti-bacterial solution will kill odor-causing organisms. Running the fan will then effectively spread the solution and vaporize the water still in the system.
- Gas leak – the best way to fix a gas leak is to simply find the leaking pipe and seal it. This should be done professionally at Reis Automotive to avoid any mistakes.
- Dirty Air Filters – filters are another common cause of odd car AC smells, if they are not changed they can start to accumulate dirt and dust mites which are harmful to your health. Simply replacing the old filter with a new one will often be the best fix, as well as cleaning the AC unit occasionally.
- Antifreeze leak – A sweet smell coming from your air conditioner is often the result of antifreeze, an antifreeze leak needs to be addressed at once, as it is an immediate concern for your health.
IMPORTANT: If you suffer from asthma or have allergies to certain fungus types, it is important to keep your AC system clear of all buildup. Harmful bacteria can invade your air conditioner and thrive there, causing a health risk to you and your passengers.
Contact REIS automotive to set an appointment for A/C recharging and repair in New Berlin or Hales Corners.
Causes of Water Leakages:
- Dirty air filters – a dirty, blocked or clogged air conditioner is more likely to freeze the evaporator coils and make excess water spill from the drain pan.
- Broken Condensate Pan – the condensate pan can rust or even start falling apart if your vehicle is old enough, this will cause water to spill from the pan
- Drain pipe blockage – a blocked pipe could back the water up and leak from one or more pipes
- Faulty installation – If you own a relatively new car or recently had a new AC system, your leakage problems could be the result of a faulty installation. The root of the problem is most likely the sizing or the positioning of the main drainage pan.
Broken Air Conditioner? No Sweat! Schedule an Appointment with Reis Auto to Cool Off
A malfunctioning air conditioner may not seem like a pressing matter while you’re in the throes of another beautiful Wisconsin winter. But as sure as you’ll be scraping ice off your windows in some Milwaukee parking lot in January, you’ll be sweltering in traffic on I-94 in July. According to a recent study from AAA, Americans spend around 46 minutes in a car each day. In the summer, driving mileage jumps to 30.6 miles per day from the 25.7 miles traveled in the winter. It makes sense; visits up north, to the beach, summer road trips, picnics – nobody wants to stay inside when the weather finally turns nice.
But consider this: as we know, Americans drive longer distances in the summer; but any Wisconsin driver also knows about the omnipresent orange barrels seeming to populate every road, street, boulevard, and main thoroughfare in Wisconsin. With heavy construction in the Milwaukee Zoo interchanges and the I-94 east-west corridor, zipper merges, lane closures, and the one guy on every single stretch of highway traffic who cannot seem to pick a lane, there is one thing for sure – you will spend some time in gridlock under the sweltering heat of the summer sun.
And there isn’t much shade on the freeway, so you better be sure to have a working car air conditioner.
No more Sweaty Summers with a Weak Auto AC
You’ve just gotten off work on an average summer weekday. You now start the commute home. You loosen your tie, unbutton your top button, or take off your work jacket because you know it will be a long ride with a broken AC in 98° weather with a million percent humidity. Next, you need to pick up your kids who have spent the last two hours getting sweaty on the baseball diamond or soccer field, only to further bake in the traffic jam caused by the rubberneckers who slow to a crawl to stare at the minor fender bender, which is somehow blocking two lanes of traffic.
You may have 99 problems, but a broken AC doesn’t need to be one of them.