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636-441-8121 | 4600 Central School Rd, Saint Charles, 63304

Replace Your Car's AC Thermal Expansion Valve or Orifice Tube

Kar Tech

Your car or truck's AC system is under extreme pressure and the thermal expansion valve or orifice tube monitors the amount of pressure and the temperature of your A/C system. It calculates the precise amount of refrigerant that can safely go into the evaporator. A failing expansion valve or orifice tube often causes a vehicle's air conditioner to blow hot air.

Replace or Repair

  • Expansion Valves: Too much refrigerant causes your evaporator to get too cold whereas too little refrigerant would result in inadequate cooling. The expansion valve is a complex valve that regulates refrigerant flow. This process of metering the refrigerant adjusts the flow according to the temperature of the refrigerant in the evaporator coil. Talk to one of the pro mechanics at Kar Tech, as this part can be replaced on its own and does not require the entire replacement of the AC assembly.
  • Orifice Tubes: Unlike the expansion valve, the orifice tube is a simple fixed device with no moving parts. It therefore cannot vary the flow of refrigerant into the evaporator, but rather causes a permanent restriction in the system. However, like the expansion valve the orifice tube regulates refrigerant flow through the system and filters debris which may come through in its screen. Often fixing a "bad orifice tube" requires replacing the entire evaporator assembly.

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What Our Customers Are Saying

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Always good work and fair prices. I have a Tahoe that I purchased new that now has 340,000 miles, and a bunch of Jeeps with 240,000 miles apiece, I credit Kar Tech for giving me the ability to keep my autos on the road so long.

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Knowledgeable, Efficient, and Honest! Kar Tech diagnosed the problem, called me with an estimate, and completed the repair - at a very reasonable price!! I highly recommend this place!

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Great people who have gone above and beyond to get my truck on the road. Honest and very fair. I couldn't ask for anything to have gone better.

, 05/19/2020

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I have used Kar Tech for the last 10 years with 3 different vehicles. I feel so safe and comfortable taking my car to them. I get honest feedback. The prices are great and the service is awesome. They always get me in quick and are great at explaining everything to me. I appreciate having them as my go-to more than they know. Thank you!

, 05/19/2020

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Nice family owned business who knows what their doing!

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Friendly service and great prices. This has been my only mechanic for 15 years at least and will only go to them!

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