Maintenance, Service & Repair
Air Conditioning Maintenance
Most car owners in Eugene Oregon donít service
their air conditioning until after it fails. Maintaining your car or
truck air conditioning system means that you always have enough
refrigerant to properly do the job. Small leaks in the air
conditioning system allow the refrigerant to escape and the system
canít cool the air as well.
Along with the refrigerant, a special oil circulates in the system.
The oil 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 we all know that
air conditioning repairs can be costly in and around Western Oregon.
conditioning service at Integrity Auto Repair in Eugene Oregon starts with a visual inspection of the components for signs of
damage or leaks. The compressor is driven by a belt from the engine,
most often the serpentine belt, so itís inspected for cracks or
The air conditioning compressor and other components are checked for
proper operation by your Integrity Auto Repair service technician. Then
comes the leak test. If a leak is detected, often in a hose or
connection, itís repaired and the system is retested. Your
Integrity Auto Repair technician in Eugene Oregon will also perform a temperature drop
If needed, the old refrigerant is evacuated and the system is
recharged with clean, fresh refrigerant. A final test insures that
the air conditioner is working, and youíre on your way.
How often this should be done at Integrity Auto Repair varies from
vehicle to vehicle. Your car or light trucks ownerís manual will
have the manufacturerís recommendation and, of course, your
considerate Integrity Auto Repair service advisor can tell you. Itís
typically every two years.
Letís talk about air conditioning service and repair issues for
Western Oregon or more specifically, Eugene OR. Most of us living in
cities such as Junction City, Cheshire, Veneta, Walterville,
Creswell or Springfield, and any other suburbs in
Lane County Oregon donít give our air conditioning a
second thought as long as itís making cold air. But itís a complex
system that we should think about before it starts
blowing hot air.
The refrigerant in the air conditioner contains a special oil that
lubricates and cools the A/C parts. This oil is eventually used up.
Your air conditioner still makes cold air, but the parts donít have
oil to protect them and they wear out faster than they should so
itís important to service the air conditioner as recommended by your
Integrity Auto Repair service center.
Replacing old refrigerant has another benefit: refrigerant tends to
gather moisture and become corrosive. That causes leaks in the
system which can be expensive to repair. Fresh refrigerant protects
the air conditioning components and keeps the system operating at
peak efficiency so it doesnít have to work as hard to keep you cool.
Even with regular service A/C parts can just wear out. Normal wear
and tear eventually gets to all moving parts.
Addressing early problems can save on more extensive repairs down
the road. For instance, a common failure is the clutch that turns
the compressor on and off. If you can take care of a bad A/C clutch
when it first starts having problems, you may be able to save the
compressor. Wait too long and youíll have to replace both.
Check your ownerís manual or ask your Integrity Auto Repair service advisor
in Eugene Oregon for service recommendations. And if youíre
hearing strange sounds when your air conditioning turns on, or if it
just isnít as cold as it used to be, have Integrity Auto Repair see what itíll take to keep you cool.
Integrity Auto Repair is a full-service
preventive maintenance and auto repair center in the Eugene, Oregon
area, specializing in:
Air Conditioning Service,
Belts & Hoses,
trouble-shooting and repairs,
Fuel Injection Service,
Oil Change &
Shocks, Struts and Suspension Service,
General Car Care Services
535 River Rd ●
Eugene, OR 97404
Ph. (541) 343-1545
Auto Repair Service for the Eugene
Oregon zip codes of: ◦ 97401 ◦ 97402 ◦ 97403 ◦ 97404 ◦ 97405 ◦ 97408