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Stay cool with an auto air conditioning service. Our auto air conditioning repair shop can fix any climate control problems to keep you comfortable summer and winter.

6 Signs Your Auto Air Conditioning System Needs Service

  • Blows hot air when set to ‘cold’.
  • Runs constantly, but never gets cold.
  • Inconsistent temperature control.
  • Makes odd noises when operating.
  • Vent air volume weaker than normal.
  • Stale, moldy, or damp smell from vents.


Our standard auto air conditioning performance and diagnostic check includes:

  • Visually inspect accessible air conditioner parts and components
  • A/C system performance test (Vent Temperature & Air Volume)
  • System pressure test
  • System control test
  • Perform leak detector test*

*Some difficult to find leaks might require an optional color dye leak detection test. This test has an additional cost.

Protect The Environment

The Federal Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) regulates the type of refrigerant you can use in your auto air conditioner and how it is handled. Your service technicians follow strict environmental rules for properly removing, recycling, and disposing of used refrigerant gas in an effort to protect the environment while keeping you cool. At Adams Auto Service in The Dalles, OR we install quality replacement parts and Freon cooling gas. Using cheap counterfeit Freon gas can destroy your auto air conditioning system. Give us a call at 541-370-2890 and let us help keep your cool.

Auto Air Conditioning – Best Invention Ever!

It’s the first hot day of the summer. You turn on your AC only to discover an unwelcome blast of warm air from the vents. That’s when you phone Adams Auto Service, your auto air conditioning service and repair specialists.

Increase Fuel Mileage

Did you know that your auto air conditioning system loses 5% to 10% of its cooling Freon gas (and its cooling function) each year? With lowered ability to cool your AC has to run longer to cool your vehicle and greatly decreases your fuel mileage! An auto air conditioner service can increase your fuel mileage.

Lower Repair Costs

Freon gas loss is normal, but without regular automotive AC maintenance your auto air conditioning system has to work harder to cool your vehicle. Making the AC system work harder wears out parts faster and increases your repair costs. An auto air conditioner service can significantly lower your auto AC repair cost.

Simple Fix

But there is a simple fix for decreased fuel mileage and high auto AC repair costs. A yearly AC system check and Freon refill will keep your AC system working at top performance. Schedule an appointment with one of our trained automotive AC repair professionals – they understand all aspects of auto air conditioner repair, from computerized components to environmental disposal concerns.

Routine Maintenance

Most of us in The Dalles, OR don’t give our auto air conditioning a second thought as long as it is producing cold air. But your auto air conditioner is a complex and expensive system that should be cared for before it fails.

Besides keeping you cool, regular auto AC refrigerant recharge has another major benefit. Refrigerant Freon gas absorbs moisture from the air which leaks into the system and turns the Freon into a corrosive acid. This acid damages internal parts and creates very expensive repairs. Fresh refrigerant protects air conditioning components and keeps your AC system operating at peak efficiency, lowering fuel costs, and keeping you cool.

The refrigerant gas in your air conditioner also contains a special oil that lubricates the internal auto A/C parts. A small amount of this oil escapes with normal Freon gas leakage. When enough oil leaks out, your auto air conditioner still produces cold air, but the internal parts don’t have enough oil to protect them. This results in increased wear and eventual component failure. To prevent this it is important to service your auto air conditioning system on a regular basis.

Your vehicle’s air conditioning system plays an important part in providing you and your passengers with both comfort and safety. The auto air conditioning system is responsible for cooling, heating, defrosting, air filtering, and humidity control. It provides comfort during the hot summer and ensures you have a clear view of the road in the damp, cold winter months. AC system is a great convenience that is often taken for granted.

At Adams Auto Service we can check your vehicle’s air conditioning system to make sure that it is functioning properly and provide service if needed. Our technicians are experts at auto air conditioning recharge and can pressure gauge check the system, recycle used Freon (cooling gas), check AC pump drive belts, and do an auto air conditioner performance test. It’s the best way to make sure you can beat the heat in cool comfort, all summer long!

Prevent Expensive AC Repairs

Even with regular service A/C parts do wear out over time. Normal wear and tear eventually gets to all moving parts. Catching problems early can save you from extensive repairs. For instance, a common part that wears out is the compressor shaft seal. This lets the freon gas leak leak out which causes the system to cycle on and off more frequently in its attempt to keep you cool. This more frequent on and off cycling wears out the clutch that drives the AC compressor and the compressor itself. Wait too long before replacing the leaking seal and you’ll have a very expensive repair bill for the premature failure of the A/C clutch and compressor!

Annual AC Inspection

An annual inspection of your air conditioning system will help prevent costly repairs. Inspection and preventative maintenance can really make a difference in the cost of repairs. So don’t wait. Get your AC checked today.

Your vehicle owner’s manual will tell you how often you should have your auto AC system serviced. Adams Auto Service’s service adviser, Adam, will be happy to provide service recommendations and answer your questions..


We offer a full range of auto repair services to vehicle owners in The Dalles, OR. We can help you with everything from an oil change to an engine change. We can handle any problem on both foreign and domestic vehicles.

  • We make auto repair more convenient for you
  • We are a friendly and professional group of people
  • We handle a wide range of car services
  • Same day service for most repairs and maintenance
  • We get the job done right — the first time


  • Should I consider using synthetic oil?

    Many automakers require owners to use synthetic motor oil in their cars’ engines. This is because synthetic oil has some advantages over conventional motor oil. It’s designed to be more effective at:

    • Resisting break-down, and thus lasts longer than mineral oil
    • Withstanding high temperatures
    • Flowing in cold temperatures, thus reducing engine wear during frigid startups.


    Using synthetic in these situations will prolong your oil life and require fewer changes. That’s a major benefit to the environment, as used motor oil is a major source of toxic waste in water. Your pocketbook will also thank you.

  • How often should I bring my car in for a tune-up?

    Cars made since the early 1980s only need tune-ups every 30,000 miles. If your car was built before then, you may want to tune it up every 15,000 miles, and your tune-up will be more complicated than the tune-ups done on modern cars. If you own a brand new car, it may not need a tune-up for 100,000 miles. New-fangled “tune-ups” are named in honor of the old ritual, but don’t resemble it very much because advances such as electronic ignitions systems, engines running on unleaded fuel, and computer-controlled systems have made the old adjustments less frequent or even obsolete. The new tune-ups usually cover new spark plugs, a new fuel filter, a new air filter, a new PCV valve, and–only if needed–a new rotor, a new distributor cap, ignition wires, and a carburetor adjustment. Some mechanics also test the computer system and do an engine analysis. Sometimes an oil change is included, but oil changes are part of a more regular maintenance schedule and should take place every 3,000 miles.

  • How do I keep track of routine?

    The are many ways to monitor your cars recommended service schedule. This varies from year to make and model. Adams Auto in The Dalles, OR, will help you determine the recommended service schedule based on Year, Make, Model, And Mileage. We will keep you on track and running smoothly.

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