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Vehicle Air Conditioner Repair is Not Always a DIY Project


We’ve entered the hot part of summer in Murrieta, so you probably know by now if your car’s air conditioner is working or not. When a vehicle’s air conditioner stops blowing cold air, the first thing many people want to do is add refrigerant to the air conditioning system. While this seems logical, it can actually do more harm than good if low refrigerant isn’t the actual cause of the problem. It’s important to bring your vehicle in to your Murrieta auto mechanic sooner rather than later to diagnose the problem so it can be repaired properly.

Often, an air conditioning system that is blowing warm air is the result of a broken condenser fan. If repaired in a timely matter, this problem should not affect the rest of the system. However, if you add refrigerant to a system with a faulty condenser fan, it could cause an overcharge, which raises the pressure in the air conditioning system and can cause additional damage.

Another reason a vehicle’s air conditioner may not be blowing cold air is because of a restricted or clogged cabin air filter. This is another case when adding additional refrigerant could cause damage. The excess refrigerant could get sucked into the compressor, causing immediate damage to the compressor. So what could have been a simple fix (changing your cabin air filter) turns into a much more costly fix (replacing your compressor).

If the problem with your air conditioner is simply low refrigerant, we can let you know. At Inland Auto, we will not try to upsell you on more costly repairs if they aren’t needed, like some other auto mechanics. If it’s a simple fix, we will take care of it for you and get you back on the road in no time. If more involved repairs are needed, we’ll give you a fair and honest price and do the job right.

When it comes to auto air conditioning systems, it’s important to get a proper diagnosis from a professional auto mechanic so the right repairs can be made. If your vehicle’s air conditioner needs a professional look, bring it by our Murrieta auto shop today.

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