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Common Vehicle Air Conditioning Issues

Maintaining your vehicle's air conditioning system

AAMCO Lee's Summit  | 03/31/2016  | Auto Repair & Maintenance

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Common Vehicle Air Conditioning Issues

Common Vehicle Air Conditioning Issues

Before the hot summer season arrives, it’s a good idea to consider getting some maintenance and upgrades for your vehicle’s air conditioning system. If you are able to detect a problem with your A/C in advance, it can save you the misery of having your car overheat while you are out driving on the road.

The Temperature Varies From Hot Air to Cold Air

The temperature of your vehicle’s air conditioning should remain consistent when you turn the fan to a certain speed. If it’s not getting as cool as it should be or is fluctuating between hot and cold, then it may be time to upgrade your A/C system. This issue is usually caused by a leaking refrigerant, with means that seals are broken or possibly the cooling compressor or clutches are not performing properly.

Rattling Noises, But No Cool Air

Clanks and rattling sounds in your vehicle’s A/C system often are a telling sign that something is out of order. Other signs of a potential issues include little to no cool air coming through the vents of your car air conditioning. It’s also safe to assume that hoses or other devices are loose in your A/C system. It is also possible that air, lubricants or even the refrigerant needs to be cleaned or checked out.

Bad Smelling Air

A common problem with A/C is not always with sound, but instead, with smell. If you’ve noticed an odor coming from your A/C system, it’s time for a system cleaning.

Over the winter, bacteria and microbes can crawl into your system as the moisture from the air conditioning offers an ideal breeding ground for them. Draining the A/C tubes and cleaning your system can get rid of the bad smells and allow your vehicle’s air conditioning to perform like new.

Check Your Refrigerant Levels

When you use your air conditioning, it responds via the refrigerant levels. On average, your car air conditioning uses 15% of refrigerant levels each year. If you’ve noticed that your air conditioning is no longer blowing as much cool air, then you should check the levels and increase or refill the amount of refrigerant for a more continuous cool breeze.

Scrubbing Out Dirt and Debris

As time passes, your vehicle’s A/C system can become dirty due to built up, unwanted dirt and debris. Having the vents, hoses and basic areas of the air conditioning system cleaned out can help to prevent further damage.

Stay cool during the summer months while driving on the road. By examining and maintaining your vehicle’s air conditioning system, it will help to ensure that you are comfortable in your car, even during the dog days of summer.

Call the air conditioning system experts at AAMCO Lee’s Summit for all of your vehicle’s A/C maintenance and repair needs. Stop in today if you are experiencing any issues with your vehicle or make an easy appointment.

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