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4 Signs Your Car’s Air Conditioner Needs Freon

4 Signs Your Car’s Air Conditioner Needs Freon

It’s no secret that summer (and spring and much of fall) is hot enough to require the air conditioner being on when you’re driving around Raleigh. If it can’t keep up, your drive is probably pretty miserable and uncomfortable. Could the problem be coolant? Here are three signs your car’s air conditioner needs Freon and what you should do about it.  Your Car Probably Doesn’t Use Freon First, it’s important to note that your car probably doesn’t use Freon. Freon, or the generic term, R12, is a coolant that was found to be highly detrimental to the ozone layer, so car manufacturers stopped using it in 1994. It’s just that, like Band-aids and Kleenex, the brand name became commonly used.    If your car is older than 2018, you probably have R134A, a better refrigerant that is also efficient and effective. If it’s newer than 2018, your car most likely has R1234yf, a highly efficient coolant that breaks down rapidly in t ... read more

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What to Do When Your Car’s Air Conditioner Stops Working

What to Do When Your Car’s Air Conditioner Stops Working

​So, you’re driving along in the heat of the summer season and so comfortable with the air conditioner working splendidly. But, wait a minute, now you are starting to sweat. Why? Because suddenly your A/C is blowing out warm air! And, of course, it is one of the hottest days of the year! An air conditioning system that is improperly operating can not only be uncomfortable but also dangerous, especially for children, elderly, and people with compromised health. Ensuring that your A/C is in good working condition should be a priority. Before the season gets in full gear, be sure to get the system checked.  When your car’s air conditioner goes out and is blowing warm, stale air instead of cool, refreshing air, there are several reasons why. In this article, we detail five common reasons for your A/C ceasing to work properly. Our recommendation, however, is to call us at Reliable Imports to schedule a service as soon as possible. Our team of professional, knowledgeable ... read more

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Why You Should Avoid Cranking Up the AC in Hot Weather in a Parked Car

  The interior of a car heats up quickly when it’s parked in the sun. Even under shade, with the windows rolled down a bit, or reflective windshield sunshades popped into place, the inside temperature rises quickly. On a sunny 70° day, the inside air of a vehicle can easily reach a whopping 100°+ degrees, all within a matter of minutes. Twenty minutes to be exact says the scientific table in the article, ‘Temperatures Rising in Enclosed Cars’ from the educational website, ThoughtCo. Imagine your car parked at a spot near the beach while you’re baking in the sun. How hot will the inside temperature be? Unbearable. All the while you’re dripping with sweat and waiting for that blast of cold air on your face. Throwing your wet beach towels on the seats barely takes the edge off. Blame the fast rise in car temperature on what’s a mini version of the greenhouse effect. How to Cool Off the Inside of a Hot Car No doubt, you want instant relie ... read more

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Reasons for Car AC Failure

Reasons for Car AC Failure

As we approach the summer, your vehicle’s air conditioning (A/C) system becomes that much more important. Not only does your car a/c work to keep the interior of your vehicle cool; it can be a contributing factor to vehicle failure if all of the working components aren’t maintained. At Reliable Import Service, our auto mechanics are experts in A/C repair and service in Raleigh, NC. If your car is experiencing A/C troubles, contact us today to schedule an appointment! In the meantime, check out some of the common signs and symptoms of car a/c failure. Common Problems Associated with Car A/C Failure #1 – Overheating According to the Chicago Tribune, overheating is one of the most common reasons for vehicle failure. Most common during the warmer months, overheating may be due to a faulty cooling system or low levels of fluids. Consider the fact that your car has to work that much harder during the summer months, for example, to keep your engine from ... read more

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