Hey Pittsburgh! Let’s talk about one of our Pennsylvania summertime must-haves: your car A/C. It’s real easy for Upper St Clair motorists to take their car’s air conditioner for granted. Just push the right buttons and out comes cool, dry, clean air. But your air conditioning system needs attention from time to time to help it keep its cool.

Do you hear loud noises under the hood when you turn on your air conditioner? Do you only get cool air sporadically? If so, it is time to get your air conditioner checked at Chuck’s Complete Auto Service in Upper St Clair. 

When most Pittsburgh folks hear the words “air conditioning problems“, it sends a shiver up their spine. That is because the air conditioning system is fairly complex. It has a lot of parts and when it’s broken, it’s pricey to repair.

What things can Upper St Clair and Upper St Clair car owners do to prevent air conditioning breakdowns?

A common cause of air conditioning failure is leaks. Water and air can leak into the system. It doesn’t work as well with air in it and water can cause rust that leads to damage of the car A/C components. Also, refrigerant, the stuff that makes the air cold, can leak out, reducing the efficiency of the system, making it work harder to cool the air. Periodically evacuating the air conditioning system and recharging it keeps the proper amount of clean refrigerant in the system so it cools better and lasts longer.

Upper St Clair drivers should run their air conditioner regularly, even during Pennsylvania winter, so that it lubricates itself and keeps the seals from drying out, which leads to leaks. Your owner’s manual will have recommendations for how often to service your air conditioner. Of course, if it’s not working right, now is the time to get it checked. The team at Chuck’s Complete Auto Service in Upper St Clair can inspect and test your air conditioning and offer evacuation and recharge services. This helps you avoid expensive repairs.

New environmental laws have stopped the manufacture of Freon, a refrigerant that was common in cars made before 1993. There is a very limited supply of Freon in  Pennsylvania so the price is very steep. It may not be worth its weight in gold, but it probably is worth its weight in silver. If you have an older SUV that uses Freon, you may want to consider having it retrofitted to use the new R134-A refrigerant. It will pay for itself in the long run. So, if your A/C is just a lot of hot air, bring it in to Chuck’s Complete Auto Service in Upper St Clair for an inspection.

Chuck’s Complete Auto Service
75 McMurray Road
Upper St Clair, Pennsylvania 15241
412-831-2510

At Chuck’s Complete Auto Service we install quality NAPA replacement parts.