AC Repairs

Lincoln AC Repair in Phoenix, AZ

You probably don't think twice about getting in your car and turning the AC on, but you certainly notice when you go to blast cold air and nothing happens. Aside from being an inconvenience to you, a non-working air conditioning system can end up damaging your car and being an expensive fix. The AC system is a complex one that's made up of many small parts. If just one minor part goes, other parts in the system work extra hard to compensate. Over time, this can cause otherwise healthy parts to wear out prematurely, which leaves you in the position of replacing more parts, if not the whole system. Whether your problem is warm air blowing out instead of cold air, intermittently blowing cold air, or a leak, here are some signs and symptoms that may help you identify the AC system's issue.

Is the air that comes out of the AC system warm or only moderately cool, not cold?

If air flows out when you turn the AC on but doesn't actually get cold, there may be a problem with a major component, such as the condenser or the compressor. The condenser's job is to cool the refrigerant fluid, which is also sometimes in gas form, to make air the right temperature in the cabin. If the condenser breaks or becomes clogged, it won't be able to cool the air. The condenser is made of coils and fans, which are operated by blower fans. If the coils break, the refrigerant fluid won't be able to be cooled at all. If the fans break or get debris stuck in them, cold air won't be able to be pushed through the system into the cabin. The blower motors can also burn out and cause the fans to stop working. Having refrigerant fluid levels drop too low can also cause the air coming out to be warm. In this case, you'll need a mechanic to refill the fluid levels and make sure there's not a leak somewhere. If there is dirt or debris stuck in the system, the mechanic can also flush it out.

Does cold air seem to come out only periodically?

Another problem that you might notice is that cold air comes out when you turn the AC on, but it only comes out intermittently. If you notice, for instance, that the air starts out cold but then becomes warm after about 30 minutes of driving, you might have a frozen component. Typically, the condenser is the part most likely to ice over. This can happen if excess moisture becomes trapped and builds up in the system. It can also happen if there is too much refrigerant fluid in your AC system. Another telltale sign that you have an iced over component is if you notice a puddle of water beneath the car after leaving it parked in one spot for about 20-30 minutes after driving. Although the ice will melt off the frozen part, you should still bring your car into a qualified mechanic for inspection, as you may need to have the system flushed to remove a blockage or have the mechanic drain excess refrigerant fluid.

Do you notice puddles under your car or a drop in the AC system's pressure?

AC RepairIf you notice a pool of oil collecting under the car when it's parked, you might have a refrigerant fluid leak. This is one of the most common causes for an AC system to stop working correctly. It's also one of the most serious problems, as leaking refrigerant fluid can make its way into the engine and cause damage. Leaking refrigerant fluid is also an environmental hazard, which means that a leak should be fixed right away. A pool of water under the car might mean that one of the components in the AC system was frozen and is now thawing. A mechanic will be able to differentiate between the two and either fix the leak or determine why a part has frozen.


Camelback Lincoln

1400 E. Camelback Road
Directions Phoenix, AZ 85014

  • Sales: 844-868-3128

Service Hours

  • Monday 7am-6pm
  • Tuesday 7am-6pm
  • Wednesday 7am-6pm
  • Thursday 7am-6pm
  • Friday 7am-6pm
  • Saturday 7am-4pm
  • Sunday Closed