Auto A/C Repair in Santa Cruz, CA
A failing car air conditioning system can really decrease the enjoyment of a drive on a hot day. Our full service auto repair shop offers auto a/c repair in Santa Cruz. Whether your vehicle needs a/c refill or one of air conditioning system components is broken, our nationally ASE certified technicians can diagnose and repair a/c problems, usually the same day.
Some of the most common problems surrounding the A/C system include:
- No airflow at all
- Weak airflow
- Hot air being blown instead of cold
- An off smell coming from the vents
A/C units have complicated setups of various tubes, valves, and compressors that can be a chore to make sense of - fortunately our technicians are highly skilled in a/c system diagnostics and repairs. When you think of “auto a/c repair shop near me”, think Goodyear Tires and Auto Repair in Santa Cruz.
Weak A/C Airflow
An A/C system that is not blowing air as hard as it used to, or not at all, can be caused by many things. Some of these include:
- Mold or Mildew. Excess moisture within the evaporator core makes the area a prime location for the buildup of mold and mildew. As these grow, they can interfere with airflow.
- Loose Hose and Broken Seals. Within the system sit a lot of interconnecting hoses and seals that contain the pressure in the system. If one of these tubes comes loose or one of the o-rings breaks down, it will cause a leak and decrease the total airflow.
- Broken Fan. If the ventilation fan is broken, the airflow will be significantly reduced.
A/C Not As Cold As It Should Be
If the actual airflow is okay, but the air isn’t as cold as it used to be, it can be caused by any of the following:
- Refrigerant Leak. Within the system, there could be a failed seal or hose that lets your A/C’s refrigerant leak out and become contaminated. If a pressure test does not find a leak, we can top up your a/c system with new refrigerant and special dye. After a week or so you can bring your vehicle in for an inspection, and we will be able to see where the leak is located.
- Blown Fuse. Within your A/C system are a variety of switches, fuses, and solenoids that could fail and cause part of the system not to work correctly.
- Failed Compressor. The compressor is responsible for pumping the refrigerant throughout the system. If it is not working, there won’t be a constant flow of refrigerant to cool the air.
Weird Smell From the A/C System
If you notice a weird smell from your A/C vents, it can be caused by the build-up of mold or mildew in your evaporator core. If the airflow is still fine, this smell indicates that soon the buildup might be large enough to start interfering with airflow.
Auto A/C repair, especially in California, with its stringent environmental protection laws, is a job for professionals. So if the a/c in your vehicle does not keep you comfortably cool, bring your car to Goodyear Tires and Auto Repair. We will be happy to inspect your vehicle and repair whatever needs to be fixed so it can blow cold air again.
We offer convenient online appointments, or simply call the shop and we can answer you’re a/c service and repair questions, and make an appointment at the same time.