WHY IS THE AIR CONDITIONING NOT WORKING IN MY CAR?
The air conditioning system in a car spends a lot of time unused, meaning the owner is not immediately aware when something is wrong.
Symptoms of air conditioning problems may be a mildew smell, noise, reduced air flow, your air con may not be getting as cold as it used to, or may not work at all.
The most common issues your air conditioning system will face include loose hoses, mould developing in the evaporator, or a failed or damaged compressor or motor. Air conditioning systems in cars also require a regas to keep your air con crisp and cold.
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When the air conditioning in a car fails then you certainly know about it. When you want cold air, all you get is hot as the air actually comes from within the engine. Not only hot air but smelly too, especially if pipes are broken or the compressor fails to circulate enough ‘fresh air’ on demand.
CHECKS THAT CAN BE MADE DURING AN AIR CON SERVICE
There are several parts to the air conditioning supply and each will need to be serviced or at least regularly checked. Considering a cars age and it’s use throughout life, regularly in this instance is every two years. The easiest part of the bi-annual check is the servicing, to offset any future air conditioning repair requirements, take steps to ensure the air con in the car doesn’t fail in the first place.
The air conditioning recharging service usually takes less than an hour. An engine with a faulty or damaged air con system will create a noise engine and use more fuel.
While it doesn’t seem a lot, approximately 10% of air-con gas escapes annually. This gas helps cool the incoming air and keep the internal system clean and dirt free, once the pressure begins to fall, then all number of things can start to go wrong, so check up every two years before air con repair becomes a necessity. As with most repairs with cars, they’re usually more expensive than the maintenance, no matter how costly you feel it is to maintain, the repairs usually end up being a lot more.
KEEPING CAR AIR CONDITIONING PROBLEMS AT BAY
So what have we learned, that while air conditioning isn’t an hassle to maintain, all hell will break lose should problems persists. For one simple reason, once the lubricant dries, then all parts start to seize up. System seals become clogged and ineffective, and the dirt, even though molecular, spreads throughout. the refrigerant needs continually topping up, every six months at best. Complete failure, component breakdown and compressor failure could cost a few thousand.
Other aspects to keep an eye on the cabin air filters. Should these begin to clog up then the liquid refrigerant will begin to do damage elsewhere. All inlets and outlets should be kept clean but driers should be left alone to do their dirty work, for several years if possible. Your local mechanic will know more about your engine and do their best to offset any future air con repair by recharging with the required amount of lubrication and gas each year or every two years.