Car And Truck Air Conditioning And Heating System Facts For Brecksville Ohio Car Owners

by: Claude Whitacre

Your car's engine is the car's power source for both the heating and air conditioning systems. Here's what transpires when you turn on the heat or the air conditioner:

In the car or truck's heating system, heat will be a byproduct of the engine's combustion process. The heat is absorbed by the coolant in the car or truck's radiator. The coolant is afterward circulated through the heater core before going back to the radiator. The car's heating system also has a series of air ducts, a blower motor and fan, and temperature and duct controls, that pick the preferred temperature and point the flow of hot air.

Your car or truck's air conditioning system shares air ducts, controls and a blower with the heater, however has its own refrigerant system. The car's air conditioning system is comprised of the following components:

The car or truck's compressor really is a pump that pressurizes and circulates the refrigerant through the system. As the refrigerant passes through the condenser, the condenser gives up heat and converts from gas to liquid.

Your car or truck's receiver, dryer or accumulator is the place clean, dry refrigerant is stored as it circulates through the system.

The orifice tube or expansion valve is actually a metering device that controls the flow of refrigerant through the system.

Refrigerant enters the evaporator core as a liquid. Warmth from the air converts the liquid refrigerant back into a gas, which cools the air just before it enters you car.

While you are getting the car or truck's air conditioning or heating system inspected and serviced at your neighborhood service station, be sure that the technician doing the work is an ASE Certified technician. Using this method you will appreciate that the customer service you get is from a greatly trained professional, and could save you returning for added repairs.

Your technician should inspect every single one of the following, record their condition, and compare the parts to the factory specifications. The technician can then make good suggestions consistent with the Motorist Assurance Program Uniform Inspection Guidelines:

The technician will inspect the car or truck's complete heating and air conditioning system. The technician will then visually check the interior controls as well as the blower. The car's technician should then check the radiator coolant level, the hoses, the pressure cap, and the thermostat. Your technician can afterward check the air conditioner compressor belt for condition and proper tension. The technician will then check for leaks or some other observable damage.

Your technician will at that time pressure test the engine cooling system. Air conditioning system pressures will then be measured and compared to manufacturer's specifications. The air conditioning system is in that case leak tested

Both the heater and air conditioning system must be performance tested by means of checking the outlet air temperature at the discharge vents.

These tests, inspections, and customer service will save you cash, and provide you with a cooler traveling experience in the hot summer months, and maintain you toasty warm while traveling in the bitter winter months.