Stay Cool All Summer or Warm During Winter
Get your vehicle ready for the hot summer months with an air-conditioning check from Discount Car Care. Having a heating issue with your vehicle? We can take care of that too!
Whether it is maintenance or repairs that you need, our ASE-certified technicians have the experience and state-of-the-art equipment required to correct any issue you're having.
We have 26 years of combined experience, and we offer services at affordable prices. Open 7 days a week, Discount Car Care has a convenient location with plenty of parking available.
Symptoms of Air Conditioning Problems
If your vehicle's air conditioner does not blow cold air, you may have a Freon leak. Allow us to perform a dye test to find the leak and save you from expensive replacement costs. We can also lubricate the parts of your compressor to protect against a system failure.
AC and Heating Services
- Compressor failure
- Compressor clutch failure
- Seal failure
- Low-pressure switch failure
- Compressor bearing failure
- AC maintenance
- Condenser replacement
- AC hose leak detection
- Heat coil replacement
Common Causes of Compressor Failure
AC compressors are designed to hold extremely high pressures of 250 pounds per square inch and up. Compressors turn at high revolutions per minute, and clutches must engage without slipping. The possibilities for compressor failure are all related to the forces exerted on the compressor.
Compressor Clutch Failure
Clutches wear because there is a certain amount of slippage when the clutch engages. As the magnet is energized, the clutch is drawn to the metal plate as the clutch and clutch plate come together. This is where the slip occurs. If a clutch wears out, the magnet does not engage it, and if an electrical failure occurs, the clutch is not magnetized.
Compressor Seal Failure
AC compressor seals hold the refrigerant inside the compressor; if a seal fails, the refrigerant leaks out and the compressor does not engage. The seal at the front of the compressor is most susceptible to failure because it must seal the shaft of the compressor that turns with the clutch.
Low-Pressure Switch Failure
The low-pressure switch is designed to keep the compressor clutch from engaging if the pressure in the compressor falls below acceptable levels. Low refrigerant levels can cause the compressor to overheat and damage internal components.
Compressor Bearing Failure
The shaft of the compressor spins on a bearing if the bearing seizes or comes apart, the shaft wobbles and destroys the seal, allowing refrigerant to leak out. Shaft bearings and seals are replaceable if the shaft and compressor case are not damaged. Internal compressor failures are possible, piston rings can break, internal valves can fail, or other internal parts can let go. An internal compressor failure is usually terminal and requires the replacement of the compressor itself.