What's Involved in Servicing Your Car's Air Conditioning Washington DC

While most newer vehicles may simply be able to get away with having their A/C recharged, older cars and trucks may require a little extra attention. If you're confused by the laundry list of parts your mechanic says you need, don't worry, DriverSide is here to help.

Wonder Automotive Inc
(202) 769-5502
1111 Bladensburg Rd NE
Washington, DC
Hours
Monday 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Tuesday 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Wednesday 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Thursday 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Friday 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Saturday Closed
Sunday Closed
Services
Air Conditioning/Heating, Alignment, Alternator, Battery, Belts & Hoses, Catalytic Converter, Clutch Cylinder, Cooling System, Diagnostics, Drive Belt, Electrical System, Exhaust Systems, Filters & Fluids, Fuel Injector, Fuel Pump, Fuel System, Head Gasket, Headlight/Headlamp, High Performance Service, Ignition, Inspection, Muffler, Oil Pan, Oil Pump, Oxygen Sensor, Parts, Radiator, Restoration Service, Shocks & Struts, Spark Plugs, Starter, Thermostat, Timing Belt, Tune-Up, Water Pump, Window M
Service Types and Repair
Acura, Aston Martin, Audi, Auto Clutch, Auto Drivetrain, Auto Engine, Auto Interior, Auto, Bentley, BMW, Buick, Cadillac, Chevrolet, Chrysler, Classic Car, Diesel Engine, Dodge, Emergency Auto, Exotic Car, Fiat, Ford, GMC, Harley Davidson, Honda, Hyundai, Infiniti, Isuzu, Jaguar, Jeep, Kia, Land Rover, Lexus, Lincoln, Lotus, Mazda, Mercedes Benz, Mitsubishi, Motorcycle/ATV, Nissan, Oldsmobile, Pontiac, Porsche, RV/Bus, Saab, Saturn, Small Engine, Subaru, Suzuki, Toyota, Truck, Volkswagen, Volvo

Capital transmission
(301) 683-8242
4704 44th ave
Hyattsville, MD
Hours
Monday 8:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Tuesday 8:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Wednesday 8:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Thursday 8:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Friday 8:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Saturday 8:00 AM - 3:00 PM
Sunday Closed
Services
Air Conditioning/Heating, Alignment, Alternator, Battery, Belts & Hoses, Catalytic Converter, Clutch Cylinder, Cooling System, Diagnostics, Drive Belt, Electrical System, Exhaust Systems, Filters & Fluids, Fuel Injector, Fuel Pump, Fuel System, Head Gasket, Headlight/Headlamp, High Performance Service, Ignition, Inspection, Muffler, Oil Pan, Oil Pump, Oxygen Sensor, Parts, Radiator, Restoration Service, Shocks & Struts, Spark Plugs, Starter, Thermostat, Timing Belt, Tune-Up, Water Pump, Window M
Service Types and Repair
Acura, Aston Martin, Audi, Auto Clutch, Auto Drivetrain, Auto Engine, Auto Interior, Auto, Bentley, BMW, Buick, Cadillac, Chevrolet, Chrysler, Classic Car, Diesel Engine, Dodge, Emergency Auto, Exotic Car, Fiat, Ford, GMC, Harley Davidson, Honda, Hyundai, Infiniti, Isuzu, Jaguar, Jeep, Kia, Land Rover, Lexus, Lincoln, Lotus, Mazda, Mercedes Benz, Mitsubishi, Motorcycle/ATV, Nissan, Oldsmobile, Pontiac, Porsche, RV/Bus, Saab, Saturn, Small Engine, Subaru, Suzuki, Toyota, Truck, Volkswagen, Volvo

Maaco - Capitol Heights
(301) 836-1670
111 Westhampton Ave
Capitol Heights, MD
Hours
Monday 7:30 AM - 6:00 PM
Tuesday 7:30 AM - 6:00 PM
Wednesday 7:30 AM - 6:00 PM
Thursday 7:30 AM - 6:00 PM
Friday 7:30 AM - 6:00 PM
Saturday 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Sunday Closed
Services
Body Shops, Detailing, Painting, Custom Work, Welding
Service Types and Repair
Auto Aluminum, Auto Fiberglass, Auto Frame, Auto Unibody, Collision, Dent, Fleet

Far East Motors Service Center
(301) 960-8288
963 Selim Rd
Silver Spring, MD
Promotion
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Hours
Monday 8:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Tuesday 8:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Wednesday 8:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Thursday 8:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Friday 8:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Saturday 8:00 AM - 3:00 PM
Sunday Closed
Memberships and Certifications
Certifications : ASA, ASE, BBB Certified
Services
Air Conditioning/Heating, Alignment, Alternator, Battery, Belts & Hoses, Catalytic Converter, Clutch Cylinder, Cooling System, Diagnostics, Drive Belt, Electrical System, Exhaust Systems, Filters & Fluids, Fuel Injector, Fuel Pump, Fuel System, Head Gasket, Headlight/Headlamp, High Performance Service, Ignition, Inspection, Muffler, Oil Pan, Oil Pump, Oxygen Sensor, Parts, Radiator, Restoration Service, Shocks & Struts, Spark Plugs, Starter, Thermostat, Timing Belt, Tune-Up, Water Pump, Window M
Service Types and Repair
Acura, Aston Martin, Audi, Auto Clutch, Auto Drivetrain, Auto Engine, Auto Interior, Auto, Bentley, BMW, Buick, Cadillac, Chevrolet, Chrysler, Classic Car, Diesel Engine, Dodge, Emergency Auto, Exotic Car, Fiat, Ford, GMC, Harley Davidson, Honda, Hyundai, Infiniti, Isuzu, Jaguar, Jeep, Kia, Land Rover, Lexus, Lincoln, Lotus, Mazda, Mercedes Benz, Mitsubishi, Motorcycle/ATV, Nissan, Oldsmobile, Pontiac, Porsche, RV/Bus, Saab, Saturn, Small Engine, Subaru, Suzuki, Toyota, Truck, Volkswagen, Volvo

1st Choice Collision
(240) 510-1776
5531 Nicholson Lane
North Bethesda, MD
Hours
Monday 8:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Tuesday 8:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Wednesday 8:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Thursday 8:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Friday 8:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Saturday Closed
Sunday Closed
Services
Alignments, Body Shops, Detailing, Painting, Rustproofing, Welding
Service Types and Repair
Auto Frame, Auto Glass, Collision, Dent, Suspension

Cherner Collision Center of DC
(202) 350-0255
5013 Georgia Ave.
Washington, DC
Hours
Monday 8:00 AM - 5:30 PM
Tuesday 8:00 AM - 5:30 PM
Wednesday 8:00 AM - 5:30 PM
Thursday 8:00 AM - 5:30 PM
Friday 8:00 AM - 5:30 PM
Saturday Closed
Sunday Closed
Services
Alignments, Body Shops, Detailing, Painting, Rustproofing, Custom Work, Paintless Dent Removal, Pre Purchase Inspections, Welding
Service Types and Repair
Acura, Aston Martin, Audi, Auto Aluminum, Auto Fiberglass, Auto Frame, Auto Glass, Auto Unibody, Bentley, BMW, Buick, Cadillac, Chevrolet, Chrysler, Classic Car, Collision, Dent, Dodge, Exotic Car, Fiat, Fleet, Ford, GMC, Honda, Hyundai, Infiniti, Isuzu, Jaguar, Jeep, Kia, Land Rover, Lexus, Lincoln, Lotus, Mazda, Mercedes Benz, Mitsubishi, Nissan, Oldsmobile, Pontiac, Porsche, Post Inspections, Saab, Saturn, Subaru, Suspension, Suzuki, Towing, Toyota, Volkswagen, Volvo, Wheel and Reconditioning

Action Auto Body of Alexandria
(571) 732-3783
2402 Oakville St
Alexandria, VA
Hours
Monday 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Tuesday 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Wednesday 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Thursday 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Friday 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Saturday Closed
Sunday Closed
Services
Alignments, Body Shops, Detailing, Painting, Rustproofing, Custom Work, Paintless Dent Removal, Pre Purchase Inspections, Welding
Service Types and Repair
Acura, Aston Martin, Audi, Auto Aluminum, Auto Fiberglass, Auto Frame, Auto Glass, Auto Unibody, Bentley, BMW, Buick, Cadillac, Chevrolet, Chrysler, Classic Car, Collision, Dent, Dodge, Exotic Car, Fiat, Fleet, Ford, GMC, Honda, Hyundai, Infiniti, Isuzu, Jaguar, Jeep, Kia, Land Rover, Lexus, Lincoln, Lotus, Mazda, Mercedes Benz, Mitsubishi, Nissan, Oldsmobile, Pontiac, Porsche, Post Inspections, Saab, Saturn, Subaru, Suspension, Suzuki, Towing, Toyota, Volkswagen, Volvo, Wheel and Reconditioning

Collision Auto Crafters
(301) 327-4635
8504 Ardwick Ardmore Rd # A
Landover, MD
Promotion
We can help you with your Deductible.
Pay no deductible in most cases. We will work with your insurance but give you the discounts.
Hours
Monday 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Tuesday 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Wednesday 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Thursday 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Friday 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Saturday 9:00 AM - 3:00 PM
Sunday Closed
Services
Body Shops, Detailing, Painting, Rustproofing, Welding
Service Types and Repair
Auto Fiberglass, Auto Frame, Auto Unibody, Collision, Dent, Fleet, Suspension

Pugh's Garage
(301) 970-9145
5003 College Ave
College Park, MD
Promotion
$20.00 off of labor for any service on your first visit. Just clip this coupon and bring to shop when picking up your car.
Hours
Monday 7:30 AM - 5:30 PM
Tuesday 7:30 AM - 5:30 PM
Wednesday 7:30 AM - 5:30 PM
Thursday 7:30 AM - 5:30 PM
Friday 7:30 AM - 5:30 PM
Saturday 8:00 AM - 2:00 PM
Sunday Closed
Memberships and Certifications
Certifications : ASE
Services
Air Conditioning/Heating, Alignment, Alternator, Battery, Belts & Hoses, Catalytic Converter, Clutch Cylinder, Cooling System, Diagnostics, Drive Belt, Electrical System, Exhaust Systems, Filters & Fluids, Fuel Injector, Fuel Pump, Fuel System, Head Gasket, Headlight/Headlamp, Ignition, Inspection, Muffler, Oil Pan, Oil Pump, Oxygen Sensor, Parts, Radiator, Shocks & Struts, Spark Plugs, Starter, Thermostat, Timing Belt, Tune-Up, Water Pump, Window Motor, Window Regulator, Brakes, Full Service Me
Service Types and Repair
Acura, Audi, Auto Clutch, Auto Drivetrain, Auto Engine, Auto Interior, Auto, Buick, Cadillac, Chevrolet, Chrysler, Classic Car, Dodge, Emergency Auto, Ford, GMC, Honda, Hyundai, Infiniti, Isuzu, Jaguar, Jeep, Kia, Land Rover, Lexus, Lincoln, Mazda, Mercedes Benz, Mitsubishi, Nissan, Oldsmobile, Pontiac, Porsche, Saab, Saturn, Subaru, Suzuki, Toyota, Truck, Volkswagen, Volvo

Spring Mall Auto Body
(703) 988-7264
7708 Back Lick Road
Springfield, VA
Hours
Monday 7:30 AM - 5:30 PM
Tuesday 7:30 AM - 5:30 PM
Wednesday 7:30 AM - 5:30 PM
Thursday 7:30 AM - 5:30 PM
Friday 7:30 AM - 5:30 PM
Saturday Closed
Sunday Closed
Services
Alignments, Body Shops, Detailing, Painting, Rustproofing, Custom Work, Paintless Dent Removal, Pre Purchase Inspections, Welding
Service Types and Repair
Acura, Aston Martin, Audi, Auto Aluminum, Auto Fiberglass, Auto Frame, Auto Glass, Auto Unibody, Bentley, BMW, Buick, Cadillac, Chevrolet, Chrysler, Classic Car, Collision, Dent, Dodge, Exotic Car, Fiat, Fleet, Ford, GMC, Honda, Hyundai, Infiniti, Isuzu, Jaguar, Jeep, Kia, Land Rover, Lexus, Lincoln, Lotus, Mazda, Mercedes Benz, Mitsubishi, Nissan, Oldsmobile, Pontiac, Porsche, Post Inspections, Saab, Saturn, Subaru, Suspension, Suzuki, Towing, Toyota, Volkswagen, Volvo, Wheel and Reconditioning

What's Involved in Servicing Your Car's Air Conditioning

What's Involved In Servicing Your Car's Air Conditioning By Zach Bowman, DriverSide Contributing Editor 
Summer is here in a big way, and that means your vehicle's air conditioning system is going to be under a serious strain before long. If you haven't had your system serviced in a while, now's the time. While most newer vehicles may simply be able to get away with having their A/C recharged, older cars and trucks may require a little extra attention. If you're confused by the laundry list of parts your mechanic says you need, don't worry, DriverSide is here to help.
 




If you think your A/C isn't as frosty as it used to be, but it's still blowing cold, you may be able to get away with simply recharging your system. While manufacturers used to use a type of refrigerant known as R-12, or Freon, researchers have found it is a leading cause of ozone depletion. As such, it's illegal to use Freon in your car today. Since as late as 1994, manufacturers have used R-134a to keep things frosty in the cabin. 
 
While you can technically recharge your vehicle's refrigerant yourself, its best left to a qualified professional if you're not confident in vehicle maintenance . All refrigerants have a tendency to displace oxygen, which means if you accidentally evacuate the system, the stuff could literally push the air out of your lungs. Not fun. Once you take your car to a shop, most technicians will measure the amount of pressure in your system, and if it's low, they'll add enough to get the reading within your manufacturer's specifications. They will then run your car for a few minutes with the A/C on high and use a special thermometer to measure the system's output. If it's not within the necessary parameters, you may have a leak somewhere in your system.
 
If you do have a leak, your technician will hook your vehicle up to a special refrigerant recovery system and drain any of the harmful gas from your car. At this point, most responsible shops will inspect all of your air conditioning hard lines to make sure there are no obvious cracks. They may add a tracer dye to the system to help out. The good news is, your expensive hard lines are usually made of aluminum and rarely fail. Instead, it's likely one of your system's components is the culprit. First up is your compressor.
 
An air conditioning compressor is usually driven by your vehicle's serpentine belt, and as it spins, it pressurizes the system's refrigerant. Simply put, it's this change in pressure that cools the air coming into your cabin. An A/C compressor spins at a dizzying rate, and the more you use the cool side of your thermostat, the more likely it is to eventually fail or leak. One of the main differences between R-12 and R-134a is that the new refrigerant requires supplementary oil to be added to the system to make everything function. R-12 did not. If your compressor has run low on oil, it's possible the interior ...

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