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To Fix or Not To Fix: That Is the Question.

Posted August 12, 2018 01:18 AM

No matter what vehicle you drive, when certain things break, you have to make a decision.  Should I get it fixed now, later or never?  Air conditioning is one of those things.  You can certainly live without air conditioning, but it sure is nice to have on a sweltering day.

Let's say your air conditioning breaks in the fall and you live in a climate where it gets quite cold in the winter.  Should you get it fixed now, wait until spring since it won't get warm until then or maybe not get it fixed at all?

That can be a tough decision.  There are several reasons air conditioning in vehicles break.  One is fairly simple: It could be an electrical problem, perhaps a relay or solenoid is not turning on the system.  It's also a fairly inexpensive repair and doesn't require hours of labor.

Or, the problem is that the coolant has leaked out.  Your service facility can find the leak and replace the parts that are leaking.  With a refrigerant recharge, you're back in business.  The repair costs vary, depending on the reason for the leak.

When air conditioning malfunctions involve a compressor, evaporator or condenser, the costs can be significant since parts and labor add up.  Depending on the age and value of your vehicle, you may choose to simply roll down the windows and live with it. 

Keep in mind that many vehicles in cold climates use air conditioning in winter.  Many vehicles automatically turn on the A/C when you use the defroster.  The A/C dries the heated air it blows on the windshield and side windows to eliminate fogging more quickly.  Outside conditions such as snow and ice can severely hamper visibility.  Add to that fogging on the inside and it can present very challenging conditions for the driver.

In order for all systems to be functioning optimally, a vehicle owner might feel it's worth it for safety reasons to get a broken air conditioner fixed, even if it is done right before the approach of cold weather.  Discuss these options with your service advisor so you can make the best decision for your situation.

George's Wholesale Tire & Auto
322 Suzanne Avenue
Spring Hill, Florida 34607
(352) 398-1701

 



Automotive Tips from George's Wholesale Tire & Auto: Air Conditioning – Common Problem

Posted July 09, 2018 07:56 AM

Your auto air conditioning system cools and conditions the air in your passenger compartment when you are driving around Spring Hill. It also removes moisture from the air to keep your windows from fogging up.

A common A/C problem for Spring Hill drivers that visit George's Wholesale Tire & Auto is contaminated refrigerant (the gas that cools the air). The inside of the A/C hoses deteriorates over time and tiny fragments of rubber clog passages. This makes the system less efficient and overworks various components.

Leaks can develop at seals and gaskets and may reduce the amount of refrigerant, causing the system to work too hard to compensate. Dirty components can have the same consequences.

Ask your George's Wholesale Tire & Auto service advisor for an air conditioning system inspection to make sure everything is up to spec.

George's Wholesale Tire & Auto
322 Suzanne Avenue
Spring Hill, Florida 34607
(352) 398-1701

 



Automotive Tips from George's Wholesale Tire & Auto: Making Your A/C System Last Longer

Posted May 30, 2018 01:45 AM

Spring Hill drivers know that if their air conditioning system isn’t making cool air like it used to, there is a problem. It may be as simple as adding more of the right kind of refrigerant.

Your A/C requires special compressor oil, which circulates through the system along with the refrigerant, to lubricate and protect expensive components and keep seals and gaskets from drying out. If refrigerant has leaked out – so has the compressor oil. This oil needs to be replenished whenever refrigerant is added.

An air conditioning inspection at George's Wholesale Tire & Auto will uncover any potential problems and identify any necessary repairs needed to get Spring Hill drivers on the road to cool air once again.

Give us a call.

George's Wholesale Tire & Auto
322 Suzanne Avenue
Spring Hill, Florida 34607
(352) 398-1701



Spring Hill Air Conditioning Service

Posted November 12, 2017 04:26 AM

Working up a sweat is a great thing to do in a gym around Spring Hill, but not in your vehicle. When Spring Hill residents' vehicle AC Systems have a problem, they'll often feel it right away. The question is, how long do you put up with it? You know, the old comfort versus cost dilemma. But a more comfortable drive around Florida has a lot of benefits, and keeping the AC System well maintained can help prevent repairs.

A common cause of AC failure is water and air in the system. The system does not work as well with air in it. And water can cause rust that leads to damage of the A/C components. Also refrigerant, the stuff that makes the air cold, can leak out, reducing the efficiency of the system and making it work harder to try to cool the air. That is why periodically evacuating the air conditioning system and recharging it keeps the proper amount of clean refrigerant in the system for Spring Hill residents, so it cools better and lasts longer.

Spring Hill drivers should also run the air conditioner regularly, even in the winter, so that it lubricates itself and keeps the seals from drying out. The seals can crack and that leads to leaks. Your vehicle's owner's manual will have recommendations for how often to service your air conditioner. Some service centers also have this information as part of their computer databases. Your friendly and knowledgeable George's Wholesale Tire & Auto service advisor can give you more information.

George's Wholesale Tire & Auto
322 Suzanne Avenue
Spring Hill, Florida 34607
(352) 398-1701

 



Automotive Tips from George's Wholesale Tire & Auto: Air Conditioning Inspection

Posted July 31, 2017 12:57 PM

Most auto manufacturers recommend an interval for an air conditioning system inspection. The inspection uncovers leaks, worn hoses and assesses the condition of the other components.

Environmental laws in some around Spring Hill require leaks to be repaired before refrigerant can be added. Also some parts manufacturers require other components to be replaced along with certain failed parts in order to maintain the new part warranty. This is because a given failure may be the result of another worn or damaged part that will, if not replaced, prematurely damage the new component.

George's Wholesale Tire & Auto in Spring Hill is fully equipped to restore your flow of cool air.


George's Wholesale Tire & Auto
322 Suzanne Avenue
Spring Hill, Florida 34607
(352) 398-1701

 



A Cold Day in Spring Hill – Air Conditioning Service at George's Wholesale Tire & Auto

Posted December 13, 2016 08:06 AM


Most Spring Hill drivers worry about a breakdown or a tire blowout on a busy Florida highway, but don't worry too much about failure of their air conditioning system. A breakdown on the side of the road can be a miserable and dangerous affair during Spring Hill rush hour, but so can a long ride in a hot vehicle.

A lot of Spring Hill drivers judge their vehicles' air conditioning systems as “non-essential” and so may neglect them in favor of repairs and maintenance that keep the vehicle running. But preventive maintenance of an air conditioning system is simple and inexpensive, while auto a/c repair can be very expensive.

Spring Hill drivers should have the refrigerant in their air conditioning system checked regularly to ensure it is adequate and clean. Air conditioning systems often fail because air and water have contaminated the refrigerant. Air reduces the efficiency of the refrigerant, and water can cause rusting of the system's components. If your refrigerant is contaminated, the system should be evacuated and recharged. This will actually extend the life of your air conditioning system, preventing repairs, and keep it at peak performance.

At George's Wholesale Tire & Auto, we advise our Spring Hill customers to run their air conditioner periodically in the winter. This will keep the seals from drying out and cracking, saving them the inconvenience of this relatively minor repair.

Check with your vehicle owner's manual or with your friendly service advisor at George's Wholesale Tire & Auto for information about how often your vehicle air conditioning system should be serviced.

George's Wholesale Tire & Auto
322 Suzanne Avenue
Spring Hill, Florida 34607
(352) 398-1701



Air Conditioning Maintenance at George's Wholesale Tire & Auto in Spring Hill

Posted August 22, 2014 12:00 PM


Warm weather or cold, Spring Hill drivers still need to think about their vehicle's air conditioning. Most Spring Hill people don't service their air conditioning until after it fails. At George's Wholesale Tire & Auto, we can advise you on your vehicle manufacturers preventive maintenance schedules for air conditioning service, just as we do for transmission service, oil changes and so on.

Maintaining your air conditioning system means that you always have enough refrigerant to properly do the job. Small leaks in the vehicle's air conditioning system allow the refrigerant to escape and the system can't cool the air as well. We see that a lot at George's Wholesale Tire & Auto in Spring Hill.

The refrigerant also contains oil that lubricates air conditioning components and keeps the seals resilient. Low refrigerant and lubricating oil means that the air conditioning parts will wear out prematurely, and all Spring Hill vehicle owners know that air conditioning repairs can be costly. At George's Wholesale Tire & Auto, we recommended that the air conditioner be run regularly, even during winter months, to keep the parts and seals lubricated.

Spring Hill drivers need to be aware that there's one more thing that isn't directly related to air conditioning service but does impact the quality of the air in your vehicle. And that's your cabin air filter. This filter cleans dust, pollen, pollution and other impurities in the air that come from the heater and air conditioner. The cabin air filter needs to be replaced when it's dirty. If you don't, it'll start to smell. Not all vehicles have one, so ask your George's Wholesale Tire & Auto service advisor to check your cabin air filter at the same time they're doing your air conditioning service.

George's Wholesale Tire & Auto
322 Suzanne Avenue
Spring Hill, Florida 34607
(352) 398-1701



Air Conditioning Service in Spring Hill

Posted July 15, 2014 12:00 PM



Hey Spring Hill! Let's talk about one of our Florida summertime must-haves: your car A/C. It's real easy for Spring Hill drivers 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 George's Wholesale Tire & Auto in Spring Hill. 

When most Spring Hill 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 hard to repair.

What things can Spring Hill drivers 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 and 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.

Spring Hill drivers should run their air conditioner regularly, even during a Florida 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 George's Wholesale Tire & Auto in Spring Hill can inspect and test your air conditioning and offer evacuation and recharge services. This helps you avoid repairs.

George's Wholesale Tire & Auto
322 Suzanne Avenue
Spring Hill, Florida 34607
(352) 398-1701



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