Hartzel Auto Marine

96 Ormond Street South
Thorold, Ontario L2V 4V6

(905) 684-0050

Air Conditioning Maintenance At Hartzel Automotive & Marine In Thorold

Posted on September 23,15 by napademo

Warm weather or cold, Thorold drivers still need to think about their vehicle’s air conditioning. Most Thorold people don’t service their air conditioning until after it fails. At Hartzel Automotive & Marine, 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 Hartzel Automotive & Marine in Thorold.

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 Thorold car owners know that air conditioning repairs can be costly. At Hartzel Automotive & Marine, 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 Thorold 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 Hartzel Automotive & Marine 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 Hartzel Automotive & Marine 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 Hartzel Automotive & Marine. Replacing a bad A/C clutch in a pickup is cheaper than waiting for it to ruin the compressor.

Thorold 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 Hartzel Automotive & Marine service advisor to check your cabin air filter at the same time they’re doing your air conditioning service.

Air Conditioning Service In Thorold

Posted on December 12,14 by napademo



Hey Thorold! Let's talk about one of our Ontario summertime must-haves: your car A/C. It's real easy for Thorold 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 Hartzel Automotive & Marine in Thorold. 

When most Thorold 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 expensive to repair.

What things can Thorold and Thorold motorists 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.

Thorold auto owners should run their air conditioner regularly, even during Ontario 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 Hartzel Automotive & Marine in Thorold can inspect and test your air conditioning and offer evacuation and recharge services. This helps you avoid expensive 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  Ontario 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 Hartzel Automotive & Marine in Thorold for an inspection.

Hartzel Automotive & Marine
96 Ormond St. S.
Thorold, Ontario L2V 4V6
905.684.0050


At Hartzel Automotive & Marine we install quality NAPA replacement parts.

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Hartzel Auto Marine

96 Ormond Street South

Thorold, Ontario L2V 4V6

Phone: (905) 684-0050

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We have FREE maintenance inspections.
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We also offer marine repair, maintenance, sales and parts for all boats and PWC.

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