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Bells Mill AutoCare

964 Bells Mill Rd.
Chesapeake, VA 23322

(757) 436-5950

Bells Mill AutoCare Car Care Advice for Chesapeake Motorists: Air Conditioning Inspection

Posted on January 09,16 by truck2

Most auto makers recommend an interval for an air conditioning system inspection. The inspection uncovers leaks, worn hoses and assesses the condition of the other components.

Environmental laws in some areas require leaks to be fixed before refrigerant can be added. Also some parts manufacturers require other components to be replaced along with certain failed parts in order to maintain the new part warranty. This is because a given failure may be the result of another worn or damaged part that will, if not replaced, prematurely damage the new component.

Bells Mill AutoCare in Chesapeake is fully equiped to restore your flow of cool air.

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Bells Mill AutoCare
757.436.5950
964 Bells Mill Rd
Chesapeake, VA 23322

Air Conditioning Maintenance At Bells Mill AutoCare In Chesapeake

Posted on November 03,15 by truck2

Warm weather or cold, Chesapeake drivers still need to think about their vehicle’s air conditioning. Most Chesapeake people don’t service their air conditioning until after it fails. At Bells Mill AutoCare, we can advise you on your ‘s preventive maintenance schedules for air conditiong service, just as we do for transmission service, oil changes and so on.

air conditioningMaintaining your air conditioning system means that you always have enough refrigerant to properly do the job. Small leaks in the pickup’s air conditioning system allow the refrigerant to escape and the system can’t cool the air as well. We see that a lot at Bells Mill AutoCare in Chesapeake.

The refrigerant also contains a key oil that 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 all Chesapeake car owners know that air conditioning repairs can be costly. At Bells Mill AutoCare, we recommended that the air conditioner be run regularly, even during winter months, to keep the parts and seals lubricated.

Corrosion is what leads to many air conditioning system failures for Chesapeake motorists. The small leaks mentioned earlier also mean that air and water can leak into the air conditioning system. This can lead to rust and dirt in the internal workings of the air conditioning components. This greatly accelerates wear and, ultimately, failure.

Air conditioning service at Bells Mill AutoCare 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 it’s inspected for cracks or wear. The air conditioning compressor and other components are checked for proper operation. Then comes the leak test. If a leak is detected, often in a hose or connection, it’s repaired and the system is retested.

Then the old refrigerant is evacuated and the system is recharged with clean, fresh refrigerant. A final test insures that the pickup’s air conditioner is working, and you’re on your way.

How often this should be done varies from vehicle to vehicle. Your pickup owner’s manual will have the manufacturer’s recommendation and, of course, your Bells Mill AutoCare service advisor can tell you. It’s typically every two years.

If you’re not getting enough cool air out of your AC you know something’s wrong. Also, if you hear strange sounds when you turn the air on, there might be a problem with the compressor and you should get it checked out at Bells Mill AutoCare. Replacing a bad A/C clutch in a pickup is cheaper than waiting for it to ruin the compressor.

Chesapeake drivers need to be aware that there’s one more thing that isn’t directly related to air conditioning service, but does impact the quality of the air in your pickup. And that’s your cabin air filter. This filter cleans dust, pollen, pollution and other impurities in the air that comes from the heater and air conditioner. The cabin air filter needs to be replaced when it’s dirty. If you don’t it’ll start to smell. Not all vehicles have one, so ask your Bells Mill AutoCare service advisor to check your cabin air filter at the same time they’re doing your air conditioning service.

Air Conditioning Service In Chesapeake

Posted on March 12,14 by truck2

Hey Chesapeake! Let’s talk about one of our VA summertime must-haves: your car A/C. It’s real easy for Chesapeake drivers to take their car’s air conditioner for granted. Just push the right buttons and out comes cool, dry, clean air. But your air conditioning system needs attention from time to time to help it keep its cool.

Do you hear loud noises under the hood when you turn on your air conditioner? Do you only get cool air sporadically? If so, it is time to get your air conditioner checked at Bells Mill AutoCare in Chesapeake. 

When most Chesapeake folks hear the words “air conditioning problems“, it sends a shiver up their spine. That is because the air conditioning system is fairly complex. It has a lot of parts and when it’s broken, it’s costly to repair.

What things can Chesapeake and Suffolk auto owners do to prevent air conditioning breakdowns?

A common cause of air conditioning failure is leaks. Water and air can leak into the system. It doesn’t work as well with air in it and water can cause rust that leads to damage of the car A/C components. Also, refrigerant, the stuff that makes the air cold, can leak out, reducing the efficiency of the system, making it work harder to cool the air. Periodically evacuating the air conditioning system and recharging it keeps the proper amount of clean refrigerant in the system so it cools better and lasts longer.

Chesapeake car owners should run their air conditioner regularly, even during VA winter, so that it lubricates itself and keeps the seals from drying out, which leads to leaks. Your owner’s manual will have recommendations for how often to service your air conditioner. Of course, if it’s not working right, now is the time to get it checked. The team at Bells Mill AutoCare in Chesapeake can inspect and test your air conditioning and offer evacuation and recharge services. This helps you avoid costly repairs.

New environmental laws have stopped the manufacture of Freon, a refrigerant that was common in cars made before 1993. There is a very limited supply of Freon in  VA so the price is very steep. It may not be worth its weight in gold, but it probably is worth its weight in silver. If you have an older pickup that uses Freon, you may want to consider having it retrofitted to use the new R134-A refrigerant. It will pay for itself in the long run. So, if your A/C is just a lot of hot air, bring it in to Bells Mill AutoCare in Chesapeake for an inspection.

Bells Mill AutoCare
964 Bells Mill Rd
Chesapeake, VA 23322
757.436.5950

At Bells Mill AutoCare we install quality NAPA replacement parts.

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Bells Mill AutoCare

964 Bells Mill Rd.

Chesapeake, VA 23322

Phone: (757) 436-5950

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