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Do I need to spend money to check my A/C if it seems to be working? I haven’t serviced it since I purchased my vehicle.

PriusACIf your air conditioning is coming on immediately and cooling you off, then no, you don’t need to have it checked. However, if you’re air conditioner is not coming on immediately or not cooling the temperature in a reasonable amount of time, then I would bring it in to be checked. It is possible for A/C to never need servicing for the life of the vehicle, but that is not the norm.

Most often when the A/C is not functioning the way it used to, it needs to be recharged with Freon. While you may feel you can live with you’re A/C at less than maximum, you want to have it checked immediately to be certain you don’t have a leak. So you know, the Freon currently used in A/C systems has been legislated by the EPA to not produce chemicals harmful to the ozone-layer.

Vehicle air conditioners are made up of five major parts: compressor, condenser, receiver dryer or accumulator, the orifice tube or expansion valve, and the evaporator. That is why it is important to have a certified technician check to see which part is causing the problem and to be sure there is not a leak.

At Jaffarian Volvo Toyota Scion, we offer seasonal specials when you need them most. We make air conditioning checks and summer travel servicing very affordable.

This is also a good time to think about an automatic or remote starter, so you can cool your vehicle down before you get in; and certainly heat up your vehicle in the winter while it’s sitting in the driveway or parking lot. Automatic starters allow you to start your vehicle safely while the vehicle is still locked. It’s a great gift for a loved one who has everything—except the remote starter—something they will really appreciate in both summer and winter. It is also on special at Jaffarian through the end of August.

So stay cool in your vehicle—and if you’re not cool enough—or your vehicle doesn’t cool down the way it used to, call us or log-in to schedule an appointment. We’re here Monday-Saturday for your convenience.

Stay cool and drive safely for the rest of the summer!

Ask Gary Jaffarian

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