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Is Your Auto Air Conditioner Not Blowing Cold Air? A/C Repair Specialists at Clearwater’s A1 Tire & Auto Repair Share Expert Advice on Staying Cool This Summer

Avoid Unbearable Florida Heat by Knowing the Signs of a Malfunctioning Auto AC System

Clearwater, Fla. – With summer approaching quickly, residents of the greater Tampa Bay area will begin to feel temperatures rise outdoors and subsequently in automobiles. During a season in which average daily temperatures reach 90 degrees Fahrenheit historically, effective air conditioning systems are vital. In addition to being comfortable during rush hour, air conditioning proves very important for families with children, or businessmen and women responsible for entertaining or chauffeuring clients. 

Recent research by the organization,, found that the average number of child vehicular heat stroke deaths per year since 1998 is 38. This statistic equates to one death every 9 days. The dangers of potential vehicular heat strokes have been found to apply to not only children, but dogs and other pets as well. People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) shared that on a 90-degree day, the interior temperature of a parked automobile can reach as high as 160 degrees in less than 10 minutes. In an area where average temperatures reach 90-degrees each day, without a system in place to cool down vehicles, car owners will suffer from extreme heat and put family in harms way. 

An AC Repair expert with A1 Tire & Auto Repair shared the following signs to help spot a faulty auto air conditioning system:

  • - Unusual noise coming from AC
  • - Unusual smell coming from AC (may indicate a leak)
  • - Air temperature not performing as selected
  • - Air pressure not performing as selected
  • - Leaking water on floorboards under dashboard


If you’re experiencing weak air pressure or you’re having difficulty cooling down your car, specialists at A1 Tire & Auto Repair provide a comprehensive auto A/C evaluation. The system analysis is designed to ensure your auto air conditioning system is working properly and efficiently. Evaluations focus on system pressure, leaks, compressor performance, and identifying bad switches, wires and fuses. 

Mike D’Andrea, head A/C Mechanic at A1 Tire & Auto Repair, has had years of experience working with Florida automobile owners and appreciates the importance of a timely fix. “During the sweltering summers we work to help customers get cooled down fast,” said Mike. “I advocate that Florida drivers be aware of the dangers associated with an over-heated car and that drivers keep an eye out for signs of a malfunctioning A/C.” 


A1 Tire & Auto Repair has continued to service the Pinellas County area since 1989. Mechanics at A1 Tire & Auto Repair are experts in new and used tires, A/C repair, brakes, alignment, steering, suspension, and electrical service. Their specialists take pride in affordable, and timely service. The shop is located in Clearwater, just south of Ulmerton Road, at 12790 49th Street North and may be contacted at 727-498-8521. Additional information about A1 Tire & Auto Repair may be obtained from the shop’s website at