Air Conditioning Compressor Service & Repair
There are many reasons your vehicle may require Air Conditioning Service (e.g. a do-it-yourself attempt gone bad, component failure, normal attrition, etc.). Whenever the AC System is opened-up for any reason, the risk of moisture or other contaminants entering the system is high. If dirt or grime should enter the AC Compressor, chances are it will sustain internal damage - leading to eventual failure. Often times, tiny bits of metal broken loose internally and travel throughout the AC System. When this occurs, you will need to have an AC Flush performed to remove debri from all of the AC Components including the AC Evaporator & AC Condenser.
Fortunately, for Sonoma County residents requiring air conditioning System Service or repair, Tristar Automotive is nearby and more than capable of handling your automobile's AC needs, from routine AC Service to complete AC Retrofits! All work is performed by ASE Certified mechanics and backed by an unblemished BBB rating.
How the AC compressor works
The A/C Compressor is the workhorse of the system and is driven by your car's engine via a series of belts and pulleys beginning at the crankshaft. It's primary function is to transfer and compress gas from the low-pressure (intake) side of the A/C system to the high-pressure (discharge) side of the closed system. The process is a continuous cycle during times which the AC Compressor is called upon to deliver cool air to the interior of your automobile. Basically, the A/C Compressor draws the refrigerant (while in a gas state) form the A/C Evaporator, where it has gathered heat from your vehicle's interior. It then compresses the gas refrigerant under high-pressure and sends it off to the A/C Condenser. Once the hot compressed gas enters the A/C Condenser, it begins to cool and expel heat as it travels toward the bottom of the A/C Condenser where it has reverted back to a cool liquid state. The cooled liquid gas then begins it's journey back toward the AC Evaporator. This is obviously an oversimplified version of the AC Compressor's role and the transformations taking place during the Refrigerant's cycle, but should provide a general idea of how the process works.
As is the case with all other AC Components, the Compressor must be in operable condition for the AC System to function properly.
Regardless of where you reside in Sonoma County, ensure your vehicle's air conditioning system operates properly when you need it most by having air conditioning service performed by friendly ASE Certified technicians at Tristar Automotive.