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Coolant vs. Air Conditioning

With Warm weather FINALLY approaching us in Northern CA, ( I know we are big babies)  its time to start thinking about Air Conditioning….    A common misunderstanding or mistake for a customer to make is that there is a connection between the air conditioning system and the coolant system.  First of all, they are two separate systems.  In simplest terms, the coolant system cools your vehicles engine and the air conditioning cools you.  With that said – if your auto repair shop is checking your coolant do not assume they are checking your air conditioning or anything related to it.  For the most part these systems are separate of each other.  The Air Conditioning system uses a refridgerant most often referred to as freon to keep the air conditioning system cold. Most A/C repairs are best left to a repair shop. Recharging the refrigerant, in particular, requires special equipment that most people don’t own.  On the other hand, adding coolant, or anti-freeze is simple enough to do on your own.  However, if you forget to add coolant it can cause major damage to your vehicle.  The point is, if you have questions or concerns about either system on your vehicle check with your Automotive Repair shop.  If you don’t have your own auto repair shop, B&C can be yours.