Servicing of AC in your home or in your vehicle is no different; that is, until you need it to be carried out.
You can ask around and talk to friends, and most of them will not have a clue as to where to find a person to do the service or what is entailed in the service of the equipment.
This piece came about when some people we know came down from the mountains to the coast and found that their AC system was not performing as it should.
|Gauges high/low and bottle of freon|
|Charging station for delivery and recovery of freon|
As we live on the coast here in Ecuador, you may be hard pressed to find this type of service.
I have tried and it has been found lacking.
What I have found is that a guy will come out to your vehicle and attach their set of gauges to the high pressure side only; the gauge is connected to a bottle of freon; and he will try and inject freon into the system, measuring temperature with their hand.
The cost for this service is between $30 & $50. It may or may not work; what you do not know is what type of freon they have and whether it is compatible with your system.
The ultimate test was to take the vehicle to the only dealer in the Salinas area and check out their service.
This is what happened. The technician came out to the vehicle, and placed the gauges on the system connected to the high side only, turned on the gauge (engine running). The gauge showed pressure; he then went to the other side of the vehicle, looked around, and after just one minute and thirty seconds, he declared that the condenser was faulty and would need to be replaced.
After this very cursory inspection, he told us that it would cost $450.00 and take about three hours.
We thanked him and the lady service writer. On leaving, I advised that they go to a place in Guayaquil that I know through another friend who would provide a better service.
On their way back to the mountains, they did stop in to have the AC serviced. Everything that I had explained to them that should be part of the service was carried out, for the princely sum of $65.00, which did not include replacing the condenser that was found to be in good working condition, after it had been cleaned.
Please note the change
Change the meeting date from 13th to 16
Smokin' BBQ, Malecon, Salinas
Social hour 11:30 a.m.
Relocation and Container Shipment 12:00 p.m.
by Paul Wilches, President of Relocation Services of Ecuador
Lunch 1:00 p.m. – Dutch treat, each one pays for what they eat
Visas - types and processing 2:00 p.m.
by Kelsey Gottschalk, Regional Director of EcuaAssist
Question and Answer period follows.
On 16th we will also have Mr. Chuchuca from BMI Health insurance give us a Special Group Health Insurance Rate which can benefit everybody who attends the meeting. BMI is one of the top and best insurance you can ask any doctor you may know in Ecuador and every Doctor prefers BMI because they pay fast not like other insurance company which take over 45 to 90 days.