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Most of us don't give our air conditioning a second thought as long as it's making cold air. But it's a complex, expensive and chemically toxic system that we should think about before it stops functioning correctly.
As an Eco-Logical Certified business, we have strict procedures in place for servicing AC systems. The AC system is a sealed, pressurized system. When you have a leak, your refrigerant, or Freon, leaks out. At that point you are letting a hazardous environmental toxin into the air. This is not only hazardous to us, but also to our atmosphere.
The refrigerant in the AC system contains a special oil that lubricates and cools the A/C parts. When enough refrigerant leaks out, your air conditioner still makes cold air, but the parts don't have enough oil to protect them and they wear out faster than they should, so it's important to service the air conditioner as recommended.
Replacing old refrigerant has another benefit: refrigerant tends to gather moisture and become corrosive. That causes leaks in the system which can be expensive to repair. Fresh refrigerant protects the air conditioning components and keeps the system operating at peak efficiency so it doesn't have to work as hard to keep you cool.
Even with regular service A/C parts can just wear out. Normal wear and tear eventually gets to all moving parts. Addressing early problems can save on more extensive repairs down the road. For instance, a common failure is the clutch that turns the compressor on and off. If you can take care of a bad A/C clutch when it first starts having problems, you may be able to save the compressor. Wait too long and you'll have to replace both.
Check your owner's manual or ask our Service Advisor for service recommendations. And if you're hearing strange sounds when your air conditioning turns on, or if it just isn't as cold as it used to be, give us a call and we will find out what it will take to keep you cool.