Air Conditioning Service Salt Lake City, Auto AC Repair Service:GT Automotive

Here is a condensed version of our automotive air conditioning service and repair video. In this abbreviated segment, Tim highlights how GT Automotive services and repair car AC systems, diagnoses the common car AC problems like warm air blowing inside the car, and how they check for AC leaks in the system.

With up-to-date tools and technology, problems with your automotive air conditioning can be efficiently found and fixed.

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We will inspect and care for your car or truck to help keep you safely on the road. GT Automotive has ASE certified technicians for car repairs for all make and model vehicles. We can inspect your car during our Express Oil change, and help keep your vehicle operating safely in all seasons. Call us today, 801-302-0912, about auto repairs and service in Salt Lake City.

 

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Car AC Service South Jordan, Car AC Service Sandy: Vehicle A/C Leaks

When the temperature gets hot, your car air conditioning needs to be cool. Tim Stapleton, owner of GT Automotive in South Jordan, Utah, shows how to diagnose AC systems that do not blow cold air properly, and the benefits of getting your air conditioning system checked-before it gets too hot. AC Service on your car is critical in these hot Utah summers. Make sure your car’s air conditioning is operating properly.

Since issues with your car’s air conditioning system could be a leak in the system, or failure of any number of air conditioning system parts, call us at 801.302.0912. We will inspect, diagnose and care for your car or truck to help keep you cool while driving, when the Utah weather is hot! GT Automotive has ASE certified technicians for car ac repairs for all make and model vehicles. We can inspect your car during our Express Oil change, and help keep your vehicle operating safely in all seasons. Call us today, 801-302-0912, about auto ac repairs and service in Salt Lake City.

 

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Car Air Conditioning Service Salt Lake City:AC Service Cabin Air Filter, Part 3

Car AC Service Salt Lake City: Change Your Cabin Air Filter

In our last articles, we discussed ac service and repair of components that affect your auto air conditioning system performance. Today we discuss an overlooked service that can impact your car’s AC system-the cabin air filter. We highlight your cabin air filter performance in this video.Since your air conditioning system uses forced air to operate effectively, your car engine has filters to help make it breathe easier. A commonly neglected filter is your Cabin Air Filter. Cabin Air Filters work to:

  • Filter out the pollutants inside your vehicle. Moving vehicles create a “tunnel effect” that causes pollutants inside the vehicle to reach up to six times the concentration of outside air.
  • Filter out the allergens and pollen. Cabin air filters clean the air entering the passenger cabin via the Heating/Air Conditioning vent systems, and have the ability to clean 100 percent of pollutants including pollen, road dust, mold spores and smog .

Why Change Your Cabin Air Filter Regularly?

  • About 30.4 million Americans — roughly one in 10 people — live in areas with unhealthy levels of pollution-Utah and the Salt Lake Valley included.
  • More than 60 percent of individuals suffer from respiratory problems, and 75 percent are concerned about the air quality in their vehicles.
  • Restricted air reduces the air flow effectiveness of your air conditioning vents (and heater blower motor vents).
  • If the cabin air filter is not replaced, it can cause musty odors in the vehicle, and over time, the car’s air conditioner may become damaged by corrosion.
  • A dirty or clogged cabin air filter can also cause contaminants to become so concentrated in the cabin that passengers actually breathe in more fumes and particles when riding in the car, compared to walking down the street.

When Should You Change Your Cabin Air Filter?

The intervals range from every 10,000-15,000 miles. Check your Vehicle Manufacturer’s Owners Manual says when your vehicle’s cabin air filter should be changed.

In our Car AC Service Salt Lake City video, we discuss the cabin air filter and its importance to your AC System performance at the 3:00 mark of the video:

Since issues with your car’s air conditioning system could be a failure of one or more of  its components,  call us at 801.302.0912. We will inspect, diagnose and care for your car or truck to help keep you cool while driving, when the Utah weather is hot! GT Automotive has ASE certified technicians for car ac repairs for all make and model vehicles. We can inspect your car during our Express Oil change, and help keep your vehicle operating safely in all seasons. Call us today, 801-302-0912, about auto ac repairs and service in Salt Lake City.

 

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Car Air Conditioning Service Salt Lake City:AC Service and Repair-No Cold Air, Part 2

AC Service Salt Lake City: No Cold Air Coming From Your Car’s Air Conditioning Unit

Picture this all too real scene: It is your typical hot Utah day, but you have been in the comfortable, cool  shopping mall,  for hours of wonderful, therapeutic “shopping” at your favorite mall.   You get in your car (that has been parked outside in the shopping mall parking lot in the 80-90 degree heat). You turn on your air conditioning system, but all you get is “blast furnace” air-no cool, no cold, no comforting air. “What the *#%@!! is happening?!!?” is a typical response. So, you drive home in your “pseudo-convertible” driving style (all windows down, head sticking out the side when possible), and you come to the realization that your car’s AC system needs to be serviced.

As shown in this AC service video, another common A/C system complaint (we discussed musty, moldy air smell from your car’s A/C system in our last article) is no cold air from your AC vents. This symptom is due to several factors, which we will list and discuss. First, though, a little education on:

How Your Car’s Air Conditioning System Works:

  • Come to the realize that your auto AC system is a “refrigerator in an oven”.
  • Your A/C system has to “create cold air” from outside air (typically 80-100 degrees in the Utah summer), in an engine environment that averages 200-260 degrees, and move this “created Arctic air” (typically 40-45 degrees) to inside your vehicle.
  • Your A/C unit must also move the heated air from the inside of your car to the outdoors.

“Piece of cake”, right?

Okay, here is your science/physics lesson on Freon (the refrigerant in your AC unit) and your AC system (aka: changing the blast furnace air in your shopping mall parked car on your sweaty forehead to Antartica):

  • Freon is a gas, and it is placed in your sealed AC system unit.
  • This Freon is then pressurized using your car’s AC compressor.
  • As it’s pressurized, Freon gets hot by absorbing the heat around it.
  • This hot gas is then circulated through a series of tubes that dissipate the heat.
  • Scientifically speaking, the Freon gas removes heat, rather than adds cold. (But that doesn’t really matter to us non-scientific people-we say it “blows cold”).
  • The Freon can lose lots of its heat (in other words-it gets really cold), when you reduce the pressure.
  • As it “cools” (“loses heat”, to please you physicists and scientists), it becomes a liquid.
  • This is when you get cold air blowing on your “Sahara desert” forehead.

Well, now you have a better understanding of the “miracle” of auto air conditioning.

You also better understand why, sometimes, you have to either service or repair your air conditioning system. Hopefully, you also now see why you should maintain and service your AC system regularly (at least annually).

Causes Of Hot Air Blowing Through Your Car AC System:

Now, let’s itemize some causes (or failures) from components inside your auto air conditioning system, (blowing the engine air to your face, without refrigeration) :

  • No Refrigerant (“Freon”): Freon in cars have 2 classifications:
    -R-134a (all cars in the last 20 years have R-134a Freon in the ac system);
    -R-12 (found in older cars). R-12 is becoming extinct, due to several factors: 1).Older cars becoming wrecking yard material; 2) The price of R-12 resembles the price of gold on the trading market; 3) The EPA stating that R-12 Freon ruins the earth’s ozone layer, when released into the air; 4) Auto Repair shops require a license to carry and install R-12 Freon; 5) Due to reasons #2-#4, R-12 Freon is becoming less and less available on the market; and 6) Due to reasons #2-5, car owners have retro-fitted their existing R-12 Freon AC system to the updated R-134a Freon AC system.
  • The Freon refrigerant carries the heat, reducing heat with circulation through tubes.

Through use, age, and micro-tiny leakage of your sealed AC system (less than absolute 100% sealed protection in your car’s heated engine environment can be expected over time), this Freon supply is reduced in your AC unit.

Math tells us: less Freon, more heat. Solution? Add more Freon! Yay!! Which is why a Freon recharge is a very common automotive AC service. Call us (801.302.0912), we can re-charge your AC system with new Freon-at affordable, competitive prices.

  • Condenser: This changes the phase of the refrigerant from gas to liquid and expels heat removed from the car.
  • Expansion valve (or the orifice tube in some vehicles): This resembles a nozzle, and functions to drop the pressure of the refrigerant liquid, meter its flow, and atomize it-all at the same time.
  • Evaporator: This transfers heat to the refrigerant from the air blown across it, cooling your car.
  • Receiver/dryer: This functions as a filter for the refrigerant/oil, removing moisture and other contaminants.
  • Compressor: This compresses and circulates the refrigerant in the system. Your AC compressor-believe it or not-gets old, breaks down, and/or wears out over time.

Since the hot air blowing from your car’s air conditioning system could be a failure of one or more of the above components,  call us at 801.302.0912. We will inspect, diagnose and care for your car or truck to help keep you cool while driving, when the Utah weather is hot! GT Automotive has ASE certified technicians for car ac repairs for all make and model vehicles. We can inspect your car during our Express Oil change, and help keep your vehicle operating safely in all seasons. Call us today, 801-302-0912, about auto ac repairs and service in Salt Lake City.

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Car Air Conditioning Service Salt Lake City: AC Service & Repair, Part 1

Car Air Conditioning Service Salt Lake City: How Is Your AC Working?

As the Memorial Day weekend signals the semi-official kickoff to summer, the Utah summer heat is sure to follow. That means your car or truck’s air conditioner will be expected to deliver clean, fresh, cool air inside your vehicle. How is your car’s AC system functioning right now? Do you need AC service, or possibly an air conditioning system repair? Since there are several components in your A/C system that must all work properly together, we have summarized the main auto air conditioning service areas in this instructional video. We will review the important factors for proper A/C system in this and following articles.

Actually, your air vents can advise you of several key areas of engine service that needs attention-acting like an “air thermometer” for your vehicle.

Here is the first signal we will discuss (and the most common symptom in a car’s air conditioning system):

Musty Smell From The Auto Air Conditioning Vents

When you turn on the air conditioner in your car, do you often have a distinct car air conditioner smell that is musty, damp, or like mildew?  It is probably bacteria (even possibly mold) growing, or that has developed , in your A/C system.

  • The source of the smelly malady is mold, a single cell organism that grows in the dark and wet environment in your car’s air-conditioning system.
  • The problem goes way beyond a nuisance and in many cases causes such respiratory problems as sneezing, coughing, tightening of the chest and drowsiness.

Although this problem has been around for years, you may feel it is getting worse. But here is the good news: We have cost effective solutions to fix the moldy, musty problem-and they are more effective than ever!

What Causes Bacteria or Mold To Grow In Your Car’s A/C System?

  • The fungi (mold) in your air-conditioning unit grow on a part called the evaporator core-deep inside your dashboard. The core, which looks like a small radiator, circulates cold Freon from the compressor under the hood.
  • This evaporator core gets wet, because humidity condenses on the core surface. As you already know, mold loves wet surfaces, and it gets food from pollen in the air, dead insects or bits of leaves that blow in through your car’s outside vents.
  • Since you don’t normally use your AC system over the Utah winters, this condensation, humidity and wet air that remains in your auto A/C system fosters the growth of this bacteria and fungi.
  • Also, as your car or truck gets older, this bacteria, mold, fungi, and micro-organisms can start to grow over time.
  • Another factor causing a musty smell is lack of AC use. An auto air conditioner used sparingly often can cause the growth of bacteria.
  • Always turning on your air conditioner to “MAX” often may also cause bacteria growth. Maximum air flow settings create excess water dripping from your air conditioning unit.

Removing Bacteria and Mold From Your Auto Air Conditioning System

To fix this problem, you need an anti-bacterial treatment that will destroy bacteria that is growing behind your dash panel. This treatment solution must be inserted into your air conditioner case.

Apart from the treatment, motorists can do plenty to combat mold:

  • Remove dead leaves near the air intakes around the windshield cowling.
  • Dry all liquid spills inside the car, especially milk.
  • Clean stale food out of the car.
  • Periodically, run the blower without the air-conditioning on for 10 minutes, because it can dry off your car’s air conditioning evaporator core.

Until now, getting the mold off the evaporator core was very costly and repairs often lasted only weeks. You can kill mold with an antimicrobial treatment-even Lysol works-but the mold will reappear. Now, though we have extremely affordable air conditioning chemical treatments to remove bacteria, mold, fungi and odors from your automotive A/C system.

These “A/C Refresher Kits” are formulated to remove the mold and foul smells that come from your vehicle’s air conditioning system. Combined, these two products dramatically increase the level of driving enjoyment.

These AC Refresher Chemicals:

  • Remove foul odors;
  • Reduce allergic reactions;
  • Disinfect and deodorize the entire evaporator assembly;
  • Deodorize and cleans the ventilation system;
  • Refresh interior upholstery;
  • Remove harmful mold, mildew and bacteria that live and reproduce within a vehicle’s A/C system;
  • Help maintain a fresh, allergy-free environment inside your car or truck.

Talk with us about this service next time you bring in your car for service, or call us at 801.302.0912. We will inspect and care for your car or truck to help keep you cool while driving, when the Utah weather is hot! GT Automotive has ASE certified technicians for car ac repairs for all make and model vehicles. We can inspect your car during our Express Oil change, and help keep your vehicle operating safely in all seasons. Call us today, 801-302-0912, about auto ac repairs and service in Salt Lake City

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