Maintenance, Service & Repair
Omaha Air Conditioning Repair
Letís talk about air conditioning and repair issues for the Omaha, NE area. Most of us in Omaha we donít give our air
conditioning a second thought as long as itís making cold air.
But itís a complex and expensive
system that we should think about before it starts blowing hot air.
Most Omaha area car owners donít service their air conditioning until after it fails. Maintaining your SUV 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.
Air Conditioning Repair and Maintenance
The refrigerant in the
air conditioner contains a special oil that lubricates and cools the A/C parts. When enough refrigerant leaks out,
your air conditioner still makes cold air, but the parts donít have enough oil to protect them and they wear out
faster than they should so itís important to service the air conditioner as recommended by your Omaha NE service
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.
Air conditioning service at Westgate High-Tech Auto Care in Omaha 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 wear.
The air conditioning compressor and other components are checked for proper operation by your Westgate High-Tech Auto
Care service advisor. Then comes the leak test. If a leak is detected, often in a hose or connection, itís repaired
and the SUV system is retested. Your Westgate High-Tech Auto Care technician 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 Westgate High-Tech Auto Care varies from vehicle to vehicle. Your SUV ownerís manual
will have the manufacturerís recommendation and, of course, your understanding Westgate High-Tech Auto Care service
advisor can tell you. Itís typically every two years.
Air Conditioning Repair FAQs
Your air conditioning system uses refrigerant to create cold air. The most common reasons Omaha drivers lose their
cold air have to do with the refrigerant.
The first is not enough refrigerant. Refrigerant is a gas in the system and very small holes in a hose, seal or
coupler can allow enough to leak out to prevent the creation of cold air.
Another potential problem for Omaha auto owners is contamination. Over time the inside of the rubber hoses can
deteriorate and little bits of rubber can clog up various filters and other key parts of the SUV A/C system,
preventing proper circulation of the refrigerant. And a component could also be worn or broken. So the first step for
Omaha motorists who canít cool their SUV is a thorough air conditioning inspection, looking for leaks and worn parts.
In fact, Federal law requires an inspection before adding refrigerant. Some states do not allow topping off a leaking
Once any critical repairs are made, refrigerant is added. At the same time, special oil is added to the system. This
oil cools and lubricates various components as it circulates along with the refrigerant. If you have a refrigerant
leak, you also have an oil leak Ė and itís vital that both be replenished for proper function and protection of your
Sometimes overlooked by Omaha motorists is the fact that a worn serpentine belt (which drives the A/C compressor)
leads to belt slippage which puts additional strain on the compressor. Replacing your serpentine belt and belt
tensioner on schedule at Omaha will extend the life of your A/C compressor and other key belt driven accessories.
Give us a call for the premier air conditioning service and repair in Omaha!
Westgate High-Tech Auto Care
12300 West Center Road
Omaha, NE 68144