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Most of us we don't think about our air conditioning as long as it's making cold air. But it's a complex and expensive system that requires maintenance so it doesn't blow hot air.

The refrigerant in the air conditioner contains a oil that lubes and cools the A/C parts. When refrigerant leaks out, your air conditioner still makes cold air, but the parts don't have enough oil to protect them and they wear out faster than they should. It's important to service the air conditioner as recommended by your owners manual.

Replacing old refrigerant has another benefit: refrigerant tends to gather moisture and become corrosive. That causes leaks in the system which can be expensive to repair. Fresh refrigerant protects the air conditioning components and keeps the system operating at peak efficiency so it doesn't have to work as hard to keep you cool while extending the life of its components.

Even with regular service, A/C parts can wear out. Normal wear and tear eventually gets to all moving parts. Addressing problems early can save on more extensive repairs down the road. For instance, a common failure is the clutch that turns the compressor on and off. If you can take care of a bad A/C clutch when it first starts having problems, you may be able to save the compressor. Wait too long and you'll have to replace both.

Check your owner's manual or ask Browns Auto Repair for service recommendations. If you're hearing strange sounds when your air conditioning turns on, or if it just isn't as cold as it used to be, have us give it the once over see what it'll take to keep you cool.