Air Conditioning Maintenance In Whitefish

Warm weather or cold, Whitefish drivers still need to think about their car’s air conditioning. Most Whitefish people don’t service their air conditioning until after it fails. At Loren’s Auto Repair, we can advise you on your vehicle manufacturer’s preventive maintenance schedules for air conditioning service, just as we do for transmission service, oil changes and so on.

air conditioningMaintaining your 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 can’t cool the air as well. We see that a lot at Loren’s Auto Repair in Whitefish.

The refrigerant also contains a special 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 Whitefish car owners know that air conditioning repairs can be costly. At Loren’s Auto Repair, we recommended that the air conditioner be run regularly, even during winter months, to keep the parts and seals lubricated.

Corrosion is what leads to many air conditioning system failures for Whitefish motorists. The small leaks mentioned earlier also mean that air and water can leak into the air conditioning system. This can lead to rust and dirt in the internal workings of the air conditioning components. This greatly accelerates wear and, ultimately, failure.

Air conditioning service at Loren’s Auto Repair 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 it’s inspected for cracks or wear. The air conditioning compressor and other components are checked for proper operation. Then comes the leak test. If a leak is detected, often in a hose or connection, it’s repaired and the system is retested.

Then the old refrigerant is evacuated and the system is recharged with clean, fresh refrigerant. A final test insures that the car’s air conditioner is working, and you’re on your way.

How often this should be done varies from vehicle to vehicle. Your owner’s manual will have the manufacturer’s recommendation and, of course, your Loren’s Auto Repair service advisor can tell you. It’s typically every two years.

If you’re not getting enough cool air you know something’s wrong. Also, if you hear strange sounds when you turn the air on, there might be a problem with the compressor and you should get it checked out at Loren’s Auto Repair. Replacing a bad A/C clutch  is cheaper than waiting for it to ruin the compressor.

Whitefish 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 comes 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 Loren’s Auto Repair service advisor to check your cabin air filter at the same time they’re doing your air conditioning service.

Air Conditioning Maintenance in Whitefish

Cool Breeze: Air Conditioning Service At Loren’s Auto Repair In Kalispell

Most MT motorists know that their vehicles need regular preventive maintenance like changing the oil and filters, rotating the tires and refilling the washer fluid. But did you know that your air conditioning system needs routine maintenance as well? Taking care of your air conditioning system can extend its life and prevent costly repair bills.

Why is it important for Kalispell motorists to get routine maintenance on their air conditioning system? First, the refrigerant contains an added lubricant. As the refrigerant circulates through the air conditioning system, its parts are lubricated. This constant lubrication keeps the parts functioning well. But over time, this lubricant is used up, and without it, the parts will eventually seize up and fail.

Kalispell folks should understand, however, that the air conditioner will continue to pump out cool air even without the lubricant, so you won’t know the system is sick until it actually dies. So good car care includes regularly checking the refrigerant and lubricant in your Subaru air conditioning system and replacing it if needed.

The second reason your air conditioning system needs preventive maintenance is that air and water can get into the system. Air, water and the contaminants they contain will reduce the efficiency of the air conditioning system and can cause corrosion of the system’s parts. Keeping the air conditioning system clean is an essential practice and will extend its life and keep you from losing your cool on hot Kalispell days.

How often should you get a routine car air conditioner inspection? It varies from vehicle to vehicle. Check your owner’s manual for the automobile manufacturer’s recommendation.

Here’s a good piece of auto advice for MT auto owners that will extend the life of their air conditioning systems: You should run your air conditioner in the winter every once in a while. This circulates the refrigerant, which lubricates the seals. That way, they won’t dry out during cold Kalispell weather.

Your air conditioning system doesn’t just cool the air in your Subaru; it dries it out as well. So if you have trouble with a foggy windshield, flip on your air conditioning on the defrost setting. You may be surprised at how quickly it takes care of the problem. Of course, some vehicles can’t run the air conditioner and defroster at the same time; you should check your owner’s manual or with the auto manufacturer if you are uncertain whether this feature works in your car or not.

So, after learning about preventive maintenance for your A/C, you might now be wondering if your air conditioner is in trouble. Two early warning signs of a failing air conditioner are (1) the air just isn’t getting as cold as it used to and (2) there’s a strange noise when the air conditioner turns on. If you notice either of these symptoms in your Subaru, you should bring it to Loren’s Auto Repair in Kalispell as soon as possible.

Just some good auto advice to keep you cool in Kalispell and keep you on the road!

Keep Your Cool In Kalispell: Air Conditioning Service

Most Kalispell motorists don’t even think about their car air conditioning system unless it fails. That’s because many Kalispell and Columbia Falls motorists don’t really understand that auto A/Cs need periodic service. Let me share some of the reasons why they fail.

First, like every machine, the Subaru air conditioner parts need – you guessed it – lubrication. The lubricant is actually mixed in with the refrigerant (that’s the stuff that makes the air cool). Remember that even if the air conditioner is still blowing out cool air, the oil that lubricates the parts may be used up: and unlubricated parts can fail in all MT cars.

Keep Your Cool In Kalispell: Air Conditioning Service

Now here’s a tip for Kalispell motorists: Run your air conditioner every so often during MT winters. This circulates the lubricant to help keep the seals from drying out.

The air conditioner actually removes some of the moisture in the air. So if you have trouble with fogging on your Subaru windshield during MT winters or during a rain storm, running the A/C on the defrost setting should help. Now on some Kalispell cars you can’t run the A/C at the same time as the defroster. Don’t ask me why, but I suspect lawyers were involved.

Also, air and water can get into the A/C system. That can reduce the efficiency of the system and also lead to corrosion that causes damage. Kalispell motorists should periodically purge the system and replace the refrigerant to remove the air and water.

Kalispell drivers would be wise to learn the important early warning signs of A/C trouble: 1) The air’s not as cold as it used to be. 2) Unusual noises when the A/C cycles on. Those are signs to get your vehicle into Loren’s Auto Repair in Kalispell before the damage gets worse.

By following the recommended service intervals in your Subaru owner’s manual, you can help prevent mechanical failure of your air conditioning system. Your A/C system contains some expensive components like the compressor, condenser, dryer, etc. Anything Whitefish and Columbia Falls car owners can do to lengthen the life of their A/C is well worth it.

A Cold Day In Kalispell

Most Kalispell drivers worry about a breakdown or a tire blowout on a busy MT interstate but don’t worry too much about failure of their air conditioning system. A breakdown at the side of the road can be a miserable and dangerous affair during Kalispell rush hour, but so can a long ride in a hot Subaru.

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

Big Fork motorists 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 costly repairs, and keep it at peak performance.

Inadequate refrigerant indicates a leak in the air conditioning system. Over time, seals in the system can crack, causing the refrigerant to leak out, reducing the efficiency of the system. Replacing these seals will keep your Subaru air conditioning system at its best, and, again, will help you avoid more expensive repairs.

At Loren’s Auto Repair, we advise our Kalispell 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 Subaru owner’s manual or with your Kalispell tech for information about how often your Subaru air conditioning system should be serviced.

Another piece of good auto advice: if your Subaru air conditioner isn’t working or is starting to show signs of breakdown, NOW is the time to get it fixed at Loren’s Auto Repair in Kalispell. Waiting will only increase the chances that you are in for major repairs and a steep repair bill.

On a final note, if you own an older vehicle, you should check into upgrading the air conditioning system. Vehicles manufactured before 1993 often contained a refrigerant known as Freon. The manufacture of Freon was outlawed in 1993, leading to an ever-dwindling supply, which leads to an ever-steeper price for Kalispell auto owners in MT. If your vehicle still uses Freon, you should have it retrofitted to use the new, EPA-approved R134A refrigerant. The retrofit will actually pay for itself by reducing the cost to recharge the refrigerant in your Subaru.

Remember, preventive maintenance — of your entire car — will keep you on the road. And, in this case, it will help you keep your cool!

Air Conditioning Maintenance

Warm weather or cold, Kalispell drivers still need to think about their Subaru’s air conditioning. Most Kalispell people don’t service their air conditioning until after it fails. At Loren’s Auto Repair, we can advise you on your vehicle manufacturer’s preventive maintenance schedules for air conditioning service, just as we do for transmission service, oil changes and so on.

air conditioningMaintaining your air conditioning system means that you always have enough refrigerant to properly do the job. Small leaks in the Subaru’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 Loren’s Auto Repair in Kalispell.

The refrigerant also contains a special 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 Kalispell car owners know that air conditioning repairs can be costly. At Loren’s Auto Repair, we recommended that the air conditioner be run regularly, even during winter months, to keep the parts and seals lubricated.

Corrosion is what leads to many air conditioning system failures for Kalispell motorists. The small leaks mentioned earlier also mean that air and water can leak into the air conditioning system. This can lead to rust and dirt in the internal workings of the air conditioning components. This greatly accelerates wear and, ultimately, failure.

Air conditioning service at Loren’s Auto Repair 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 it’s inspected for cracks or wear. The air conditioning compressor and other components are checked for proper operation. Then comes the leak test. If a leak is detected, often in a hose or connection, it’s repaired and the system is retested.

Then the old refrigerant is evacuated and the system is recharged with clean, fresh refrigerant. A final test insures that the Subaru’s air conditioner is working, and you’re on your way.

How often this should be done varies from vehicle to vehicle. Your Subaru owner’s manual will have the manufacturer’s recommendation and, of course, your Loren’s Auto Repair service advisor can tell you. It’s typically every two years.

If you’re not getting enough cool air you know something’s wrong. Also, if you hear strange sounds when you turn the air on, there might be a problem with the compressor and you should get it checked out at Loren’s Auto Repair. Replacing a bad A/C clutch in a Subaru is cheaper than waiting for it to ruin the compressor.

Kalispell 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 Subaru. And that’s your cabin air filter. This filter cleans dust, pollen, pollution and other impurities in the air that comes 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 Loren’s Auto Repair service advisor to check your cabin air filter at the same time they’re doing your air conditioning service.

Kalispell Air Conditioning Service

Working up a sweat is a great thing to do in a gym around Kalispell, but not in your car. When your car’s AC System has a problem, you’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 Kalispell has a lot of benefits, and keeping the AC System well maintained can help prevent expensive repairs.

A common cause for 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, 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 so it cools better and lasts longer.

You 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 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 service advisor at Loren’s Auto Repair can give you more information.

Loren’s Auto Repair
1309 US Hwy 2 West
Kalispell, MT 59901
406-755-7757

Of course, if your AC currently isn’t working right, then now is the time to get it checked. Many service centers such as Loren’s Auto Repair can inspect and test your air conditioning and offer evacuation and recharge services. This goes a long way to avoiding having to bring your air conditioner in for major repairs.

Recent 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 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 vehicle that uses Freon, you may want to consider having it retrofitted to use the new EPA-approved R134a refrigerant. It will pay for itself in the long run.

Breathe Deep With Your Cabin Air Filter

Breathe Deep With Your Cabin Air Filter

Your cabin air filter is a fairly new accommodation. Most Kalispell drivers aren’t even aware that they have a cabin air filter, or that it needs to be replaced. And yet, the cabin air filter is an important part of your car’s ventilation system that removes pollutants from the air before they get inside the passenger compartment.

Cabin air filters are typically located under the vehicle’s dashboard or attached to the glove box. Some may be located in the engine compartment. Some are a little tricky to get to, so you’ll want to have your Kalispell MT service center, Loren’s Auto Repair, take care of replacing them.

You should have your cabin air filter changed at least every 12 to 15 thousand miles—or once a year. As we stated before, many people don’t realize they have a cabin air filter, until they go to the shop complaining about a foul smell in the ventilation system. It turns out to be a cabin air filter that is long overdue for replacement. A quick replacement and the foul smell is completely eliminated.

People who are allergy sensitive should be especially diligent about replacing their cabin air filter, as it keeps allergens at a minimum. If you’re one of them, you’ll want to stay on top of your filter replacement schedule.

Of course if you do a lot of driving in dusty or polluted conditions, you’ll need to change your cabin air filter more often.

 

Keeping Cool: Air Conditioning Service

If you hear a loud noise under the hood when you turn on your air conditioner, or if you only get air sporadically, it is time to have your air conditioner checked. Many people take their air conditioner for granted. They push a button and out comes cool, dry, clean air. But to keep it that way, your system needs routine maintenance.

Your air conditioning system is fairly complex, and it has a lot of parts that are expensive to repair. There are many steps that you can take to prevent your air conditioner from breaking down. A common cause of air conditioning failure is a leak resulting from water and air that has leaked into the system. The system can’t work well when there is air in it, and water can cause rust to build up on the A/C components. Refrigerant can leak out, which reduces the efficiency of the system, and makes 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 that it cools better and lasts longer.

You should also run the air conditioner regularly, even in the wintertime. This helps to keep it lubricated and keeps the seals from drying out. Your owner’s manual will include routine maintenance recommendations for caring for your air conditioner. And if your air conditioner isn’t work properly, you can bring it into Loren’s Auto Repair for evacuation and recharge services. This helps to prevent unnecessary repairs down the road.

New environmental laws have stopped the manufacture of Freon, a refrigerant that was common in cars made before 1993. Since there is a limited supply of Freon, it is expensive to use. Even so, using an Freon in an older vehicle can be beneficial if you have it retrofitted to use R134-A refrigerant. It will pay for itself in the long run. Give us a call at Loren’s Auto Repair at 406-755-7757 for more information about air conditioning services and maintaining your system.

Loren’s Auto Repair
1309 US Hwy 2 West
Kalispell, MT 59901
406-755-7757



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17:44 05 Apr 18
Best Shop in town. Very clean and well organized. No extra BS charges or anything fishy. Full vehicle inspections with oil changes. Very knowledgeable crew. I bring all my personal and company vehicles to Loren's. Highly recommended.
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Excellent service!! We are from Wisconsin and found Loren's on the web. They were able to fly in a new front axle and get us on the road in just 3 days at a very reasonable price. A quick follow up visit for adjustments allowed us to continue our vacation as planned. Absolutely recommend them. Mark was personable and knowledgeable, they offered a shuttle service and John was a great technician for our Xterra!!
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I'm out here in West Glacier on vacation. During the trip, we hit a pothole and the exhaust started making a loud noise. We figured a hole had rusted open or something similar. We called Loren's Auto Repair to get it checked out, and they were awesome with recommendations. They let us explain the issue and then confirmed what we thought it was. They weren't able to get us in before we left, but they were kind enough to suggest a mechanic in town that possibly could squeeze us in. This conversation was a sign of trust and good business. The prices they quoted were fair and had excellent customer service. Thanks!
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02:04 06 Jan 18
This was the best car repair shop I have ever done business with. For being a young woman, who honestly doesn’t know a ton about cars, they were very thorough in explaining things and I trusted that they weren’t trying to rip me off based off my lack of knowledge or me being a young girl. Too many times have mechanics/car maintenance men try and rip me off. Once someone tried to charge me $180 for an oil change! Ridiculous. But not with these guys. They were awesome. My car broke down at a horrible time when I was busy with work and about to go on vacation. I had my car towed there and didn’t have time to stop by. They inspected it very soon after that, and got ahold of me. Then I was out of town for a couple weeks and they let me keep my car there. Even when I got back they had put it in the shop the night before so all the snow would melt. They were very friendly and even have a complimentary shuttle service when needed. I wish I could give the names of all the people who helped! Chad was awesome and answered all my questions and my dads when he called from a state away haha! The young girl who picked me up from the shuttle was super nice and has good people skills. If I ever have car problems again they will definitely be who I go to. Thanks guys!
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