Automotive Air Conditioning Repair

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For high quality low cost auto A/C repairs in the Sacramento area, the experienced team at A AutoCare is ready to get to work for you.

For over 35 years, our family-run shop has been delivering honest, low cost, reliable auto A/C repair work to drivers throughout Rancho Cordova, Elk Grove, Folsom and beyond.

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What Air Conditioning services do A Auto Care provide

List of services:

  • AC inspection
  • AC Recharge
  • AC compressor replacement
  • AC condenser replacement
  • AC evaporator replacement
  • AC heater core replacement
  • AC Expansion valve replacement
  • AC Receiver Drier replacement
  • AC pressure line replacement

Is my car ready for the summer heat?

As someone who has been stranded in a hot car without A/C, I can say your cars A/C working properly is essential to surviving hot weather.

Yet unlike many simple repairs like tire repair, changing a battery or changing engine oil, your cars A/C systems can be misunderstood and expensive to fix.

If something does go bad with your cars AC system a little knowledge will help you better understand the seriousness of the problem when speaking with your auto mechanic and can save you time and money.

What are symptoms of a bad AC system

A properly functioning AC system should be able to cool the air in you car to at least 40 degrees Fahrenheit. The coldest I’ve felt an A/C system was in a Toyota Lexus which got down to mid 30 degrees Fahrenheit!

If you notice a lack of cold air coming from the air vents, your cars air conditioner is probably starting to go bad or at the least become less efficient.

Below are common symptoms of a cars AC system malfunctioning:

  • Cars AC working intermittently
  • Banging sounds coming from the engine bay when turning off or on A/C.
  • Car A/C blowing hot air instead of cold air.
  • Car A/C gradually cooling less and less.

What is the cause to my cars AC not working?

Usually the reason your AC has stopped working is a leak in the system.

Your cars A/C is a sealed system which works within a precise amount of refrigerant, usually less then 30 ounces. Refrigerant is the fluid, usually green in color, used in car AC systems. This fluid is under pressure at all times, therefore when there is a leak, the fluid will escape.

After the refrigerant has escaped the system, your AC wont be able to cool the air. Depending on how big the leak will determine if it’s a gradual loss, felt over months or fast loss experienced same day even.

What is a car A/C system and how does it work?

A cars A/C system is a closed, sealed system, of components that work to provide cool air coming from your air vents.

The A/C system manipulates the fluid and cycles it from fluid to gas. This cycle from fluid to gas and back, uses a temperature difference to lower the air in you vents given you a cooling effect. 

There are two sides to your AC system.

  • High pressure side is the gas side which coverts gas to liquid.
  • Lower pressure side is the liquid side which coverts liquid to gas.

The main components of an automotive AC system:

  • Compressor: 
  • Condenser: 
  • Evaporator: 
  • Receiver/Dryer: 
  • Expansion valve or Orifice tube: 
  • A/C lines/ hoses: 

TIP: If you have a temperature gauge you can measure the temperature from you’re air vent. Anything 45 deg or lower is good. Above 45 deg there is probably a minor leak. This check allows you to instantly know if your AC system is working properly and cooling enough.

 how to check your cars AC temp | image of temperature gauge


We’ve made it our mission to offer affordable, fairly priced auto repair. That’s why A Auto Care offers a host of ways to save money on car repairs and vehicle maintenance in Sacramento, Elk Grove, Folsom, Wilton, Roseville and El Dorado Hills. Contact us today. 916-638-2700