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  • MINNEAPOLIS Air Conditioning Service

    Dec 16, 2018

    Working up a sweat is a great thing to do in a gym around MINNEAPOLIS, but not in your vehicle. When MINNEAPOLIS residents' vehicle AC Systems have a problem, they'll often feel it right away. The question is, how long do you put up with it? You know, the old comfort versus cost dilemma. But a more comfortable drive around MN has a lot of benefits, and keeping the AC System well maintained can help prevent repairs.

    A common cause of AC failure is water and air in the system. The system does not work as well with air in it. And water can cause rust that leads to damage of the A/C components. Also refrigerant, the stuff that makes the air cold, can leak out, reducing the efficiency of the system and making it work harder to try to cool the air. That is why periodically evacuating the air conditioning system and recharging it keeps the proper amount of clean refrigerant in the system for MINNEAPOLIS residents, so it cools better and lasts longer.

    MINNEAPOLIS drivers should also run the air conditioner regularly, even in the winter, so that it lubricates itself and keeps the seals from drying out. The seals can crack and that leads to leaks. Your vehicle's owner's manual will have recommendations for how often to service your air conditioner. Some service centers also have this information as part of their computer databases. Your friendly and knowledgeable Affordable Transmissions service advisor can give you more information.

    Affordable Transmissions
    6317 WELCOME AVE N STE 1
    MINNEAPOLIS, MN 55429
    (763) 533-1169

     




    Air Conditioning Maintenance at Affordable Transmissions in MINNEAPOLIS

    Jul 29, 2018


    Warm weather or cold, MINNEAPOLIS drivers still need to think about their vehicle's air conditioning. Most MINNEAPOLIS people don't service their air conditioning until after it fails. At Affordable Transmissions, we can advise you on your vehicle manufacturers preventive maintenance schedules for air conditioning service, just as we do for transmission service, oil changes and so on.

    Maintaining your air conditioning system means that you always have enough refrigerant to properly do the job. Small leaks in the vehicle's air conditioning system allow the refrigerant to escape and the system can't cool the air as well. We see that a lot at Affordable Transmissions in MINNEAPOLIS.

    The refrigerant also contains oil that lubricates air conditioning components and keeps the seals resilient. Low refrigerant and lubricating oil means that the air conditioning parts will wear out prematurely, and all MINNEAPOLIS vehicle owners know that air conditioning repairs can be costly. At Affordable Transmissions, we recommended that the air conditioner be run regularly, even during winter months, to keep the parts and seals lubricated.

    MINNEAPOLIS drivers need to be aware that there's one more thing that isn't directly related to air conditioning service but does impact the quality of the air in your vehicle. And that's your cabin air filter. This filter cleans dust, pollen, pollution and other impurities in the air that come from the heater and air conditioner. The cabin air filter needs to be replaced when it's dirty. If you don't, it'll start to smell. Not all vehicles have one, so ask your Affordable Transmissions service advisor to check your cabin air filter at the same time they're doing your air conditioning service.

    Affordable Transmissions
    6317 WELCOME AVE N STE 1
    MINNEAPOLIS, MN 55429
    (763) 533-1169




    Automotive Tips from Affordable Transmissions: Air Conditioning ? Common Problem

    Jun 6, 2016

    Your auto air conditioning system cools and conditions the air in your passenger compartment when you are driving around MINNEAPOLIS. It also removes moisture from the air to keep your windows from fogging up.

    A common A/C problem for MINNEAPOLIS drivers that visit Affordable Transmissions is contaminated refrigerant (the gas that cools the air). The inside of the A/C hoses deteriorates over time and tiny fragments of rubber clog passages. This makes the system less efficient and overworks various components.

    Leaks can develop at seals and gaskets and may reduce the amount of refrigerant, causing the system to work too hard to compensate. Dirty components can have the same consequences.

    Ask your Affordable Transmissions service advisor for an air conditioning system inspection to make sure everything is up to spec.

    Affordable Transmissions
    6317 WELCOME AVE N STE 1
    MINNEAPOLIS, MN 55429
    (763) 533-1169

     




    Keep Your Cool in MINNEAPOLIS: Air Conditioning Service

    May 17, 2016

    Most MINNEAPOLIS drivers don't even think about their air conditioner.

    Now here's a tip for MINNEAPOLIS vehicle owners: Run your air conditioner every so often during MN winters. This circulates the lubricant to help keep the seals from drying out.

    The air conditioner actually removes some of the moisture in the air. So if you have trouble with fogging on your vehicle windshield during MN winters or during a rain storm, running the A/C on the defrost setting should help. Now on some MINNEAPOLIS cars you can't run the A/C at the same time as the defroster. Don't ask me why, but I suspect lawyers were involved.

    Also, air and water can get into the A/C system. That can reduce the efficiency of the system and also lead to corrosion that causes damage. MINNEAPOLIS drivers should periodically purge the system and replace the refrigerant to remove the air and water.

    MN drivers would be wise to learn the early warning signs of A/C trouble: 1) The air's not as cold as it used to be. 2) It makes unusual noises when the A/C cycles on. Those are signs to get your vehicle into Affordable Transmissions in MINNEAPOLIS before the damage gets worse.

    By following the recommended service intervals in your vehicle owner's manual, you can help prevent mechanical failure of your air conditioning system. Your A/C system contains some components like the compressor, condenser, dryer, etc. Anything MINNEAPOLIS car owners can do to lengthen the life of their A/C is well worth it. 

    Affordable Transmissions
    6317 WELCOME AVE N STE 1
    MINNEAPOLIS, MN 55429
    (763) 533-1169