What's an A/C Recharge?

You don't think much about how your car's air conditioning works - until it doesn't.

Your air conditioning isn't one part - it's many. From condensers, compressors and evaporators, to the hoses that ring them all together, they all require refrigerant - an essential liquid that runs through the whole system. If your A/C is blowing hot, you've likely lost your refrigerant to a leak.

That's where an A/C recharge comes in. Finding the leak can be easy if the affected part has a large crack, but more often than not, the leaks are small and difficult to spot. At Tirrell Radiator and Pembroke Radiator, our A/C recharges include a special dye that can be detected by a blacklight and UV glasses. After your recharge, you can come back within 30 days, and we'll use these tools to find the leak.

It could be larger problem, or it could be something smaller like a hose. Either way, we'll always be happy to show you the process and explain in plain English exactly where the issue lies.

If you'd like to learn more, HowStuffWorks.com has a detailed, easy-to-understand explanation of A/C systems.