Air Conditioning System Service

If your vehicle’s air conditioning isn’t working up to par, don’t sweat it. In most cases, Wells Automotive can solve the problem.

When should my auto air conditioning system be checked?

Each year prior to the warm weather months – or – any time it isn’t working to your satisfaction, bring it in for an A/C System Check.

What is included in the Auto Air Conditioning System Service?

  1. A/C Performance System Check
  2. A/C System Inspection

Are there environmental concerns with Air Conditioning?

Because the refrigerant used in some air conditioning systems is considered harmful to the environment, it is important that it not be allowed to escape during servicing. We begin each air conditioning service with a leak detection test. Our technicians use a sealed, environmentally friendly process that captures the refrigerant, cleans it, replenishes it and returns it to your vehicle’s air conditioning system good as new.

What if my vehicle still uses R-12 Freon?

We still have R-12 Freon.

Auto air conditioning systems built before 1995 use the refrigerant R-12 or (CFC-12), also referred to as Freon. The EPA determined that Freon was destroying the ozone layer and in 1995, all production ceased. Freon is now difficult to find. However, We DO still have R-12 in stock. It works better in some cars and is still the preferred refrigerant in them as long as it is available. We can retrofit the system in vehicles that are good candidates for R-134a when needed and have done so in hundreds of vehicles over the years.

What does the retrofit service include?

  • All retrofits are evaluated on a case-by-case basis. Different vehicles may require slightly different procedures.
  • We evacuate all R-12 and most of the existing refrigerant oils from the air conditioning system.
  • In some instances, certain parts, such as the O-rings, hoses, accumulator or receiver/dryer, must be replaced to assure compatibility with R-134a.
  • In addition, special fittings and labels must be placed on the vehicle to properly identify that it has been retrofitted.

This service, like all services performed at Wells Automotive Service, is advised based on manufacturer’s recommendations or as needed as determined by our inspection and based on industry standards.

My new car takes YF1234a refrigerant. What is that?

The EPA has determined that R-134a still poses some risk to the ozone layer. In order to satisfy the government’s new requirements, car makers around the world have chosen YF1234a as their new standard refrigerant. If you need your new vehicle serviced, we will be ready to take care of you.

For other questions about Air Conditioning, see our FAQ section.