Your truck or car's AC system is almost completely airtight, but your freon refrigerant is always slowly leaking out. Eventually, a car will lose enough freon so that its air conditioning system will no longer cool effectively. At Gretchen's Automotive at 1965 Palo Verde Ave we are ready to recharge your AC to help you keep your car or truck's cabin temperature cool.
"Help My AC Only Blows Warm Air!"
New advancements in R134a freon systems means that freon in newer cars doesn't leak out as much as old R12 freon systems. The average new model economy car only leaks about 0.41 ounces of refrigerant per year. Come to Gretchen's Automotive in Long Beach when it's time to recharge your AC freon.
Gretchen's Automotive's Fast 3 Step Process:
"Does Gretchen's Automotive Have R12 Freon For My Classic Car?"
- Vacuum out all the old refrigerant before refilling it.
- Add new R134a refrigerant.
- Pressurize your car's AC system and test for mico-leaks.
Unfortunately R12 freon is no longer available. If your car or truck was made before 1994 you must convert your entire AC system to the new R134a standard. This involves replacing dozens of seals and several AC auto parts. R134a is a more highly pressurized and much more efficient refrigerant pound for pound than R12. Most classic car AC compressors and condensers cannot withstand the intense pressure required and choose to add about 25% less freon to accommodate older systems. This means your AC may not cool as well as it used to. Converting your R12 system to R134a is a big job so stop by Gretchen's Automotive today and talk with our mechanics about getting the job done right. Visit us today at 1965 Palo Verde Ave.
"Is Used Freon Ok?"
Many auto repair shops resell used AC refrigerant. The old freon is cleaned using a specialized recovery machine that removes contaminants. Used freon provided by Gretchen's Automotive works just as well as new freon after it's cleaned. Accepting used freon is a great way to help minimize the impact freon has on the environment.
Freon gas becomes a liquid when pressurized inside your car's A/C system but returns to its gaseous state as it leaks out. Many drivers in Long Beach are completely unaware that they are losing freon until the day when they turn on the car's AC and find only warm air blows out. Call 562-430-3728 and ask any of our auto repair specialists about recharging your car's AC. Stop by our store at 1965 Palo Verde Ave and we will show you the best AC recharging options for your car.
More AC Repair Services:
AC Compressor Repair
Car and Truck AC Condenser Repair
What People Say About Us
An asset to the neighborhood! Trustworthy and Fair mechanic! If I can't do it. Gretchen's Automotive is ALWAYS my 1st call.
They were so nice here! They saw me super quickly, fixed my car up, gave me some good advice, and sent me on my way. Think I found my new mechanic in Long Beach! A+
I've been going there for years. Honest, reasonable prices and an awesome crew makes this a must for quality auto repair/maintenance.
My family has trusted Gretchen's Automotive with all of their many cars, throughout the years. They are always honest and trustworthy in their repairs. You can count on not getting ripped off here!
Great service and friendly staff! Highly recommended for all your repair needs!
Great service took my car there for an oil change and needed a few other minor things done. They suggested some maintenance things that needed done without any pressure. Quick and affordable. Great place.
I called because my tire pressure light went on. I went to 76 to put air in the tire and noticed a screw in the tire. I called Gretchen's since it is a block from my house, the guy on the phone said bring it by. His dad fixed it in moments for free. I talked to him about my tires and car...asking if they do oil changed on Mercedes- they do. Mercedes told me I needed new tires. They said I don't. Family owned local business you can trust? Doesn't get any better