Car AC Repair & Coolant Flush
McSpadden’s Tire & Automotive – Austin and buda, TX A/C Repairs – Cooling System Flush
Austin, Texas, is a hot city. No one can argue with that. There is one thing that no one wants and that is getting into their car and finding the air conditioning not working! McSpadden's Tire & Automotive understands this. We live here too!
If your vehicle’s air conditioning (AC) system is blowing warm air and you’re searching for experienced professionals, you can trust for car AC repair in Austin, visit our ASE-certified technicians. We’ll inspect the entire system for damage, leaks, and any other indicators of trouble, pinpoint exactly what the problem is, and perform the necessary A/C repair for your vehicle.
Our expert technicians are experienced in all aspects of car AC repair and service, from the system’s computerized components to ensuring the optimal performance of refrigerants. We’ll get cold air blowing again and help maintain the performance of your vehicle’s AC system.
Expert Auto AC Repair & Services for Your Vehicle
At McSpadden's Tire & Automotive, you can rely on our ASE-certified technicians for top-quality air conditioning repair and maintenance services for your car, truck, or SUV. Using the latest diagnostic and repair equipment, our technicians offer AC system services that include:
- AC system inspections and performance tests
- AC system leak check and repair
- AC recharge service
- AC compressor inspection
- AC condenser cleaning
- AC system belt and hose connection check
No matter what type of service your vehicle needs, when looking for auto AC repair in Austin, our technicians have you covered. Give us a call or make an appointment online for one of our expert technicians to help you!
Regular AC System Inspections & Maintenance Help Keep You Comfortable
Austin has some strange weather and it's good to know what's going on in your car and the state of your AC system. Before each change in season, it's a great idea to bring your vehicle in for a system check. McSpadden's Tire & Automotive will look over and inspect all important parts and make sure your car is in peak performance for the summer or winter.
It is important to note that your vehicle’s AC system loses about 5% of its original efficiency every year without regular maintenance. So don’t delay until your AC is blowing warm air. Keep it running in optimal condition with regular system inspections and maintenance service from our AC professionals.
Check your vehicle’s owner manual for the manufacturer-recommended maintenance schedule for the AC system, or ask one of our technicians for advice.
AC Recharge Service
If your vehicle’s AC system is no longer cooling properly, or is making new noises, or the refrigerant in the system is low, it may be time for an AC recharge. This periodic vehicle maintenance task involves adding new, clean refrigerant to your system, allowing it to properly blow cold air again.
During an AC recharge service, your technician will start by checking the system for damage and leaks. If there are no leaks found that need to first be repaired, the existing refrigerant will be removed (evacuated). Then, the system will be vacuum-tested and recharged using a new refrigerant that is appropriate for your vehicle. Your AC system will then have the correct amount of clean refrigerant that is free of contaminants and will be able to perform optimally.
Cooling System Flush
Keeping your engine properly cooled is just as important as staying cool inside the vehicle. Your radiator and cooling system are very important when it comes to making sure your car is working right. If these components are not working properly, your engine can overheat and totally seize up. An overheating engine will also affect your vehicle’s interior temperature, causing the AC system to have to work harder and possibly endure premature wear.
To ensure this doesn’t happen to your engine, we offer cooling system flushes as well as repair to the whole cooling and air system, helping to keep your vehicle running its best.
Your vehicle’s cooling system maintains the proper operating temperature by circulating coolant/antifreeze through the engine to absorb excess heat and carrying it to the radiator for cooling. Unfortunately, coolant doesn’t last forever. Your cooling system needs to be flushed occasionally, and this service should be a part of your regular car maintenance. Some newer coolants can last longer, but a good rule to follow in general is to have your vehicle’s coolant flushed and replaced with fresh fluid every 30,000 miles or two years.
At McSpadden's Tire & Automotive, our expert technicians know the importance of a properly working engine cooling system. We can flush your vehicle’s system and check to ensure that your radiator and hoses are in working order.
Winter System Maintenance
During the winter it's important to check your coolant/antifreeze on a regular basis as well. Here at McSpadden's Tire & Automotive, we can check your antifreeze levels and fill up your system as needed so you are prepared when Austin begins to get a little cooler. We also will check all parts of your vehicle’s system including the radiator, hoses, and belts. This way you'll be prepared for what may need to be fixed now and what to anticipate in the future.
Before the cold weather starts, you should also have your vehicle’s interior heat settings/capabilities checked. Of course, it’s easy to notice if your AC system starts blowing hot air during the summer months. But, once the weather cools down and you’re not using your vehicle’s AC as much, the last thing you want is to turn on the heat once the weather gets cold for the first time and it not work properly.
So, before the weather changes, bring your vehicle in for a coolant and interior heating system check. Start your winter off right!
Frequently Asked Questions
How can I tell if I may need car AC repair?
Since there isn’t a set schedule for servicing vehicle AC systems, it’s important to stay alert to changes in how your system is operating. In addition to the system suddenly blowing warm air, here are some other red flags that indicate it may be time for car AC repair:
- New and unusual noises: If your AC has started to rattle, click, or make other unusual noises while running, it may simply be caused by debris such as a twig or leaves caught in the system. But a noise like this also may mean an issue with the AC condenser. So, to be safe, get any odd sounds checked out ASAP.
- Dampness inside the vehicle: Your vehicle’s AC system also performs as a dehumidifier and pulls moisture out of the interior air, exhausting it outside the vehicle. This is why you’ll often see moisture dripping from the underside of your car after you’ve parked and the AC had been running. But if that water flow gets blocked, that moisture has nowhere to go except back up into the vehicle. This can cause mold and mildew to form inside the AC system, producing a health hazard for you and your passengers.
- Strange odors: Vehicle AC systems, when working properly, will not smell. But if you do notice a strange smell, it might mean the system is not draining properly. The smell would then be from mildew growth within the system, and this can be a dangerous situation for those with allergies, asthma, or another chronic respiratory issue.
If you’ve experienced any of the above conditions, it's important to have your vehicle’s system checked out right away. Book an appointment with our technicians here at McSpadden's Tire & Automotive for auto AC repair and service today!
Can I service my car’s AC system myself?
It’s understandable to want to save money, but today’s computerized vehicle AC systems are far more complex than in the past. Plus, some auto AC repair requires specialized tools, and a DIY repair could make the problem worse if the correct tool is not used.
Our technicians have the proper tools and extensive training required to properly evaluate the system, make an accurate diagnosis, and perform any necessary repairs. Also, some DIY repairs will void your car’s warranty. Keep in mind that, legally, you are not required to go to your dealership for any car AC repair service. In fact, work performed by any ASE-certified technician will protect your vehicle’s warranty coverage.
At McSpadden’s Tire & Automotive, we can provide the same level of service—if not better—than you’ll get at the dealership. Schedule your appointment for maintenance or repair of your vehicle’s AC system today!
What does the AC compressor do? How do I know if it’s worn out?
As many technicians will tell you, the most important part of your vehicle’s AC system is the AC compressor. This component is responsible for pressurizing the AC system and enabling it to work properly by keeping the refrigerant flowing.
This critical part can begin to wear out without you even realizing that something is wrong. The temperature inside the vehicle can steadily get warmer before you notice it. Then you realize that the AC is no longer blowing cold air at all. But by that point, it’s often better to completely replace the AC compressor. Two other signs of a bad AC compressor are grinding noises or loud squeals while it's running.
We can inspect your AC system to identify the problem and suggest the best solution.