Air conditioning is optional; you can certainly survive without it. But why would you want to? Stay cool on warm days by keeping your air conditioning periodically serviced by a professional technician. And take it in for testing at the first sign of a problem.
While there is no pre-determined schedule for air conditioner maintenance, A/C systems do often lose performance over time. This loss of cooling may be a result of any or all of the following problems:
Damaged Cooling Fan – If your cooling fan isn’t working efficiently, your condenser might not cool properly. Your fan may blow a fuse, become cracked, or have an electrical problem that causes it to malfunction. A quick check and repair by a technician will have it up and running in no time.
Coolant Leak – As your vehicle ages, its parts begin to show wear. Hoses may dry rot, clamps can rust, and other faults may cause your refrigerant to leak. If your air conditioner isn’t functioning as well as it once did, have a professional check for refrigerant leaks.
Electrical Problems – Severed or nicked electrical wires can cause your car’s air conditioning system to fail. If you experience loss of function in your A/C system, have a professional check for loose or damaged wiring.
Faulty Condenser – The more time you spend on the road, the more hazards your car endures. Occasional road debris may cause a puncture in your car’s condenser. When this happens, you A/C system will fail and your condenser will need to be replaced.
Blocked Condenser – Maybe your condenser is in good condition, but it’s not functioning at optimum performance. Poor function could be the result of an external blockage that’s preventing adequate air flow. Check the grill of your vehicle for anything that may be obstructing your condenser.
Damaged Compressor – Your compressor is the heart of your air conditioning system. It keeps the refrigerant circulating and your air conditioner operating. If you have a problem with your condenser, the A/C system will blow hot air. When it comes to keeping your compressor in good condition, the solution is simple; run your air conditioner at full blast for 15 minutes once a month or more frequently. Using your air conditioning system on a regular basis throughout the year will keep it in good condition and prevent the compressor from experience shock during the dog days of summer.
If you notice a loss of performance in your air conditioning system, have your A/C serviced, and enjoy a cool, comfortable ride.