Winter is drawing to a close, and it may be time to pay attention to your car’s air conditioning. It’s easy to put off this particular element of your car while the weather’s chilly, but don’t get caught in the summer with an air conditioning system that doesn’t work—visit one of our Colorado auto repair locations for high-quality diagnosis and repair.

Here’s what we can do for you at AAMCO. With our free air conditioning check, you can get all the kinks in the system worked out before the sun starts heating up. Trouble with your air conditioning an also be indicative of a larger problem, so make sure you’re not putting off a simple check that could end up saving you lots of money and time later on.

At your free A/C check, we’ll inspect hoses, lines, seals and other components for leaks, take temperature readings, make sure your compressor is working properly, and check the drive belt for damage. Depending on the problem, your vehicle might call for further maintenance such as installing a new compressor or repairing your air conditioning belt drives, or you might just need a recharge of your refrigerant. Come in to one of our convenient AAMCO locations for your free check ASAP—and in the meantime, here’s how to tell if something’s off.

There are really two main signs that tell you all is not well with your air conditioning: if it’s blowing hot air, or if it’s blowing just a slight amount of cool air. When your A/C is blowing hot air, a wide variety of factors could be the culprit—including a loose or broken drive belt, inoperative compressor or slipping compressor clutch, defective expansion valve, clogged expansion valve, or a blown fuse. It could also mean that you have a leak in one of your A/C lines, hoses, or seals.
When your A/C is blowing a slight amount of cool air, it could mean a few different things. A low refrigerant charge, loose drive belt, slipping compressor clutch, clogged condenser or evaporator, a slow leak in the system, or a partially clogged filter or expansion valve could all be the culprit.

Either way, air conditioning maintenance is best left to a professional mechanic, since strict laws dictate air conditioning fluids such as Freon and refrigerant. Bringing your vehicle in for a check with us ensures that your car will get an accurate diagnosis and you’ll get the best information about moving forward. Learn more about our free air conditioning check, schedule an appointment with an AAMCO transmission expert or see a list of our AAMCO transmission locations near you. Those who know, go to AAMCO!