If you haven’t used your vehicle’s air conditioning system all winter, now is the time to get it checked out before you actually need it in summer. Don’t wait till the 80-degree weather rolls in, because when it does and you have no AC, it’s going to be a long, sweaty and miserable commute. Taking care of AC maintenance in spring will allow you to avoid frustration
How to Test for AC Problems
The test is simple: just press the AC button and observe what happens. Note any unusual smells or noises, as they could be warning signs. Change the cool air dial to try different settings. Make sure that your AC system responds adequately when you increase or reduce cool air flow. Just like not having enough cool air is an issue, having cool air blast in your face with no option to turn it down is also uncomfortable.
Signs of AC Problems
- No cool air at all
- Cool air is delivered sporadically
- Air is cool, but not cool enough
- Loud noises when you turn on AC
What Causes Car AC Problems
The most common causes of AC problems in your vehicle are leaks. This includes other substances, such as water and air, getting inside AC system components due to damaged seals. This also includes situations when the refrigerant (whether it’s Freon or R134A) is leaking out of the system. Aside from leaks, AC system components, such as the compressor or condenser may be failing or malfunctioning. The exact issue can only be pinpointed after a detailed inspection.
If your vehicle was built somewhere before 1995, it’s possible the refrigerant used in your AC system is Freon (R-12). Freon was found to have a negative effect on our ozone layer and was eventually phased out. It’s no longer manufactured, so obtaining it may be difficult and expensive. A better solution is to convert your vehicle to use the R134A refrigerant.
If you find that your vehicle’s AC system is not performing as desired, contact us at Crown AutoPro. We’ll be able to take a closer look, find leaks, perform refrigerant recharge or replace failing components, depending on what’s causing the issue.