Is Your Air Conditioner Ready For Warmer Days?

22 03 2018

Dale BertramSpring is in the air in Phoenix and hot summer days are coming our way. Many of our customers’ thoughts are turning to…air conditioning.  At Fairway Auto Repair we get countless calls asking us how much it costs to fix.  There is no one simple answer to this question but I’ll give you some industry-wide estimates so you have something to go on. Generally, if you drive an older vehicle it will cost more to fix because the parts will be harder to find.

Testing the A/C System: A technician must test the system to determine what is wrong with it.  This requires a test for leaks and an inspection of the parts such as the compressor, condenser, hoses, and valves. The most help a consumer can be is to give as much information about when the condition occurred.

Evacuating & Recharging the A/C System: This is the most common fix of the A/C system. Refrigerant will naturally seep out over 3 to 5 years and will need attention.

Leaking Hose:  We use a leak detection unit to test for leaks.

Compressor Failure:  This is the most complex of all to fix and will be the costliest. The compressor is the pump that keeps the Freon flowing.

Replacing the Complete System: The cost of this is determined by the make and model you drive.   Usually this occurs when someone tries to save money and adds the off the shelf sealer as a quick fix, it always causes grief later.

Working on air conditioning systems is not easy.  The system itself is built in and around your car’s engine making it difficult.  Specialized equipment is required and a technician that is certified in this area is a must.  In some countries it is illegal for a non-authorized technician to work on A/C systems. A non-experienced technician can inadvertently cause problems and contaminate the environment.

These prices are not set in stone but an industry-wide average.  We will have one of our certified technician give you an estimate after they have diagnosed your vehicle.

 

 

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Is Your Air Conditioner Ready For Warmer Days?

30 03 2017

Dale BertramSpring is in the air in Phoenix and hot summer days are coming our way. Many of our customers’ thoughts are turning to…air conditioning.  At Fairway Auto Repair we get countless calls asking us how much it costs to fix.  There is no one simple answer to this question but I’ll give you some industry-wide estimates so you have something to go on. Generally, if you drive an older vehicle it will cost more to fix because the parts will be harder to find.

Testing the A/C System: A technician must test the system to determine what is wrong with it.  This requires a test for leaks and an inspection of the parts such as the compressor, condenser, hoses, and valves. The most help a consumer can be is to give as much information about when the condition occurred.

Evacuating & Recharging the A/C System: This is the most common fix of the A/C system. Refrigerant will naturally seep out over 3 to 5 years and will need attention.

Leaking Hose:  We use a leak detection unit to test for leaks.

Compressor Failure:  This is the most complex of all to fix and will be the costliest. The compressor is the pump that keeps the Freon flowing.

Replacing the Complete System: The cost of this is determined by the make and model you drive.   Usually this occurs when someone tries to save money and adds the off the shelf sealer as a quick fix, it always causes grief later.

Working on air conditioning systems is not easy.  The system itself is built in and around your car’s engine making it difficult.  Specialized equipment is required and a technician that is certified in this area is a must.  In some countries it is illegal for a non-authorized technician to work on A/C systems. A non-experienced technician can inadvertently cause problems and contaminate the environment.

These prices are not set in stone but an industry-wide average.  We will have one of our certified technician give you an estimate after they have diagnosed your vehicle.





IS YOUR AIR CONDITIONER READY FOR WARMER DAYS?

5 03 2015

Dale BertramSpring is in the air in Phoenix and many of our customers’ thoughts turn to…air conditioning. We get countless calls asking us how much it costs to fix. There is no one simple answer to this question but I’ll give you some industry-wide estimates so you have something to go on. Generally, if you drive an older vehicle it will cost more to fix because the parts will be harder to find.

Testing the A/C System: A technician must test the system to determine what is wrong with it. This requires a test for leaks and an inspection of the parts such as the compressor, condenser, hoses, and valves. This usually costs somewhere between $175 and $700.

Recharging the A/C System: This is the most common fix of the A/C system. It needs refrigerant added and it needs to be able to flow through the system properly. This cost is generally $80 to $275.

Leaking Hose: Finding and fixing a leak in the A/C system can take time and isn’t as easy as it sounds. This costs between $400 and $1,100.

Broken Compressor: This is the most complex of all to fix and costs from $275 to $500.

Replacing the Unit: The cost of this is determined by the make and model you drive. The cost to repair starts at $1,800 and can go as high as $2,900.

Working on air conditioning systems is not easy. The system itself is built in and around your car’s engine making it difficult. Specialized equipment is required and a technician that is certified in this area is a must. In some countries it is illegal for a non-authorized technician to work on A/C systems. A non-experienced technician can inadvertently cause problems and contaminate the environment.

These prices are not set in stone but an industry-wide average. Have a certified technician give you an estimate after they have diagnosed your vehicle.

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Longer Daylight Hours

24 04 2014

Dale BertramSpring is here and summer is close behind.  The daylight hours are longer now and usually that means we drive more.  There is just something about longer days that make us take to the highways and byways!  It is always a good idea to make sure your car is ready! The best place to start is at your auto service and repair shop!

Oftentimes we look at things that don’t always occur to the average driver unless they faithfully read their owner’s manual.  Since it is the most unread book in our nation…I thought it was a good idea to go over some symptoms that need to be mentioned to your mechanic:

  • Have your lights and bulbs checked out at every visit.  This is an easy and inexpensive fix and one of the most important things on the road is to be seen by others.
  • Many drivers spend half the year with the wrong time on their car’s clock…because they don’t know how to change it when daylight savings time comes around.  No problem, we fix that for free so you always know what time it really is!
  • Belts, clamps and hoses are difficult for the average consumer to check out and determine if they are in need of changing…but if they are frayed or rotted…they can cause expensive damage to other parts of the vehicle.  It is a good idea to always have them checked.
  • The radiator or cooling system is a major player when it comes to the overall health of a vehicle.  The levels need to be maintained and periodically flushed to keep the car running at peak efficiency.
  • This is the time of year when many notice their air conditioner is not functioning as it should! Don’t suffer in the heat…have it checked out so your ride is cool and comfortable!
  • Warm weather brings challenges to our windshields…such as more dust and insects that seem to line themselves up to smash on the glass!  Always ask that your wipers be checked out and don’t forget to have the windshield fluid topped off!
  • Tires should always be checked and rotated if need be.  Since they are the only part of the car that comes between us and the road they take a lot of abuse.
  • As always, remember that the life blood of your vehicle is the oil.  This needs to be changed along with the filter.  Don’t delay on this important and inexpensive service.  It keeps your car young and healthy!

Anytime you notice your car, light truck or SUV acting differently, don’t ignore it!  Ask your mechanic and drive with peace of mind!

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Is Your Air Conditioner Ready For Warmer Days?

28 02 2013

Dale BertramSpring is in the air and many of our customers’ thoughts turn to…air conditioning. We get countless calls asking us how much it costs to fix. There is no one simple answer to this question but I’ll give you some industry-wide estimates so you have something to go on. Generally, if you drive an older vehicle it will cost more to fix because the parts will be harder to find.

Testing the A/C System: A technician must test the system to determine what is wrong with it. This requires a test for leaks and an inspection of the parts such as the compressor, condenser, hoses, and valves. This usually costs somewhere between $175 and $700.

Recharging the A/C System: This is the most common fix of the A/C system. It needs refrigerant added and it needs to be able to flow through the system properly. This cost is generally $80 to $275.

Leaking Hose: Finding and fixing a leak in the A/C system can take time and isn’t as easy at it sounds. This costs between $400 and $1,100.

Broken Compressor: This is the most complex of all to fix and costs from $275 to $500.

Replacing the Unit: The cost of this is determined by the make and model you drive. The cost to repair starts at $1,800 and can go as high as $2,900.

Working on air conditioning systems is not easy. The system itself is built in and around your car’s engine making it difficult. Specialized equipment is required and a technician that is certified in this area is a must. In some countries it is illegal for a non-authorized technician to work on A/C systems. A non-experienced technician can inadvertently cause problems and contaminate the environment.

These prices are not set in stone but are an industry-wide average. Have a certified technician give you an estimate after they have diagnosed your vehicle.

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