Get Your Vehicle's Air Conditioner Ready for Summer

May 18th, 2011

Automotive Services - Air Conditioner System Check | DansAmericanTire.comSummertime is just around the corner.  It is important to have your vehicle’s air conditioner serviced by a professional technician or trusted mechanic before the weather gets hot.  Diagnosing your vehicle’s air conditioning issues is best left to your automotive technician.  Here are four of the most common signs of air conditioner system problems:

The Air Conditioner Air Is Not Cool Enough
There are many different potential causes for this problem such as low Freon levels,  a faulty compressor or refrigerant leaks in the seals or hose connections.  If your air conditioner has a leak, your local automotive technician may recommend that the O-rings, seals, and hoses are replaced before recharging your air conditioning unit.

Intermittent Cooling
If your air conditioner is intermittently blowing warm air and cool air, this is often due to air and moisture in the system.  Your automotive technician would most likely recommend that your AC system be purged with a vacuum pump.  If the purging does not fix the intermittent cooling issue, your vehicle may have an electrical issue that has to do with the compressor clutch or temperature sensor.

Air Conditioner Noises
Typically noises in an air conditioning system could be signs of a compressor problem.  But a noisy AC unit could also be something as simple as rattling hoses and other AC parts.  An automotive technician can test and verify whether or not your vehicle’s compressor is functioning properly.

Bad AC Odor
An air conditioning system that blows air that has a bad odor is usually as sign of bacteria in the evaporator.  Bacteria in your AC system can cause health problems, so you’ll want to get this taken care of as soon as possible. 

We recommend that you always consult with your automotive professional if your vehicle has any of these symptoms.  Check with your local automotive service center for an air conditioning system tune up special.  If you take care of your vehicle, your vehicle will help you stay safe and cool over the summer months.   

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