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Air Conditioning Tips for the Summer Heat

Date: 05/10/2019

Living in Arizona, The Valley of the Sun, it is so important to make sure your vehicle's A/C system is working properly! It is recommended to get a precautionary A/C Performance Check at the beginning of summer season! This will help prevent any unexpected failures and help preserve the life of your A/C system! Here are a few tips to keep in mind as we move towards the hottest part of the year:

1. Make sure your Cabin Air Filter is Clean- A dirty Cabin Air Filter will restrict air flow and requires your vehicle's A/C system to work harder. Also, a dirty Cabin Air Filter can cause your vehicle's cabin to smell poorly and cause your passengers to breath less filtered air. 

2. Expect your Vehicles A/C System to Produce Air 40 Degrees Below Ambient Temperature- For example if the outside temperature is 90 Degrees a properly functioning A/C system will produce air that is around 50 Degrees.

3. An Air Conditioning System Can be Low on Refrigerant and Still Produce Cold Air- Your vehicle's A/C system uses refrigerant, in most vehicles R134a or in newer vehicles 1234yf, to regulate the temperature in your vehicle's cabin and also to help prevent the A/C Compressor from overheating. If your vehicle is still producing cold air you may not know your A/C sysytem is low on Refrigerant. That is why it is so important you get a preventative A/C Performance check as we enter into the warmest months of the year. 

4. Turn your Vehicle's Air Conditioner off Recirculation when you Park- On a 100-degree day your vehicle's interior temperature can reach as high as 180 degrees within an hour! This is much hotter than the exterior temperature. If you take your vehicle off recirculation it will pull the air outside the vehicle instead of the extremely hot cabin. By doing this your vehicle will cool down quicker!

Now is a great time to get your vehicle's Air Conditioning checked at Spencer Auto Repair! We are offering Free A/C Performance Checks and $79.99 Evacuation and Recharges until the end of May at all 5 of our East Valley Locations: Chandler, Tempe, Mesa, San Tan Valley, and Florence. Our technicians are certified and properly trained to diagnose your vehicle's A/C system. All of our air conditioning repairs are backed by our 3 year, 36,000 mile nationwide warranty!