With sweltering summer temperatures just around the corner, now is a great time to get your poorly performing air conditioning system repaired before you depend on it to survive even the quickest drives across town. But even if your A/C system seems to be chugging along just fine, it’s still important to schedule regular maintenance! When temperatures rise, there's nothing more refreshing than climbing into a cool, air-conditioned car. Over time, however, A/C fittings can become loose, and O-rings, hoses, and seals wear out and your A/C doesn't work. That's NOT cool at all!
When your vehicle's air conditioning isn't working or is on its way out, you can look for these three signs that something might be wrong with your car’s A/C:
IT HAS WEAK AIRFLOW
Excess moisture in the evaporator core could cause the building of mold and other debris that block airflow into the interior of your car. A loss of air pressure may also signal that there’s a restriction in the evaporator core or the blower motor is failing.
THERE'S A WEIRD SMELL
A funky smell coming from your A/C may mean it's time for some attention. If your A/C is blasting a weird smell in your face, it could mean mold—and, therefore, water—is present. The culprit might be a damp or dirty cabin air filter, or it could be a blocked drain in your evaporator case.
YOUR A/C IS BLOWING HOT AIR
Hot air coming from your A/C likely could mean there’s a major problem. When water gets into your A/C, it combines with refrigerant and creates a highly corrosive acid that literally eats away at the parts of your A/C system. This acid can ruin rubber seals that prevent the refrigerant from leaking. If the refrigerant leaks, it can cut back on your A/C’s cooling power.
To ensure your car is able to keep you and your engine cool all summer long, bring it to The Professionals You Can Trust- Hillside Auto Repair, for regular maintenance service of your heating and air conditioning systems. We specialize in preventative car maintenance as well as repairs, and our expert mechanics will get you back on the road in no time.