With summer now in full swing, you might find that you’re using the air conditioning in your car just as much as in your home. With this in mind, you’ll want to ensure that everything is in proper working order with your car’s A/C, since there is nothing worse than having to sit in a hot car when you’re stuck in traffic. To ensure your car’s A/C is working properly and efficiently, here are a few troubleshooting tips you can check yourself before calling in an expert to make costly repairs.
If you’ve begun to notice that the airflow coming from your car’s vents is significantly slower than normal, there are a number of possible causes you may want to have checked out. These include loose air hoses or seals on virtually any component of the A/C unit. This can also mean a problem with the fan itself, which should be corrected immediately in order to avoid any further, potentially expensive problems that can occur throughout the A/C system.
Lack of Cold Air
This one you’ll probably notice right away, especially on some of those 30+ degree days we’ve experienced this summer. A lack of cold air can also mean there are a number of potential issues with your car’s A/C unit that should be immediately attended to. In most cases however, a lack of cold air signifies an issue with the coolant contained in the unit’s compressor. This refrigerant is vital to the air conditioner’s function, and should immediately be checked, particularly if there is a leak.
If you have begun to notice a distinctly offensive odour that comes from your vents, particularly when you first start your engine and turn the A/C on, this is likely an air filter issue. Most bad smells will resemble that of a locker room, or that smell that comes from the bottom of a hockey bag. Whatever the odour, you’ll likely have to replace your air filter. In addition to the air filter however, the smell may be caused by a moldy evaporator case attached to you’re A/C unit, which is a result of a clogged drain that causes a buildup of stagnant, smelly water.
If you’ve started to notice some distinct and irregular noises that come from your car when the A/C is turned on, this is likely due to an issue with your car’s compressor which is a major component of the A/C system. These noises are usually rattling sounds that seem to come from the inside of a vent, so a maintenance check will usually try to determine if the noise is being caused by a loose hose connection first. If it does turn out to be the compressor however, it is a good idea to get this issue fixed right away, as an issue with the compressor can negatively affect the rest of the A/C system.
If you find that your car is experiencing any of these issues with the A/C system, or any other components, be sure to bring it to the car care experts at Bill & Walter’s Garage. We’ve been providing quality repairs to the Burnaby area since 1956, and will be happy to help get your car running smoothly again. Feel free to contact us, or check out our website for more information.