WHY IS MY CAR AIR CONDITIONING NOT WORKING PROPERLY?
The air conditioning system in a car spends a lot of time unused, meaning the owner is not immediately aware when something is wrong. If you spend a lot of time in your car during the hot summer months, your car air conditioning can be a vital component of any journey.
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. These issues can be discovered and solved with regular car service check-ups with Master Tech Autos.
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 re-gas 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. This means that the air will not only be hot, but it will also smell too, especially if any pipes are broken or the compressor fails to circulate enough ‘fresh air’ on demand. So, it’s not just car exhausts that can cause a stink, it’s your cars’ air con too!
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 use throughout its’ life, in this instance, every two years is a good check-in point. The easiest part of the bi-annual check is the servicing, to offset any future air conditioning repair requirements, taking the right steps to ensure the air con in the car doesn’t fail in the first place. A typical MOT Test does not check for problems with air conditioning, only whether your car is safe to drive, so air con servicing must be carried out separately.
The air conditioning recharge service usually takes less than an hour. A faulty or damaged air con system will create a noisy engine and use more fuel, costing you more money in the process, so it is best to get ahead of the air conditioning problem.
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, a full repair typically ends up being a lot more.
KEEPING CAR AIR CONDITIONING PROBLEMS AT BAY
So, what we have learned, is that while air conditioning isn’t a hassle to maintain, all hell will break lose should any problems persist. 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, coating all internal surfaces. The refrigerant needs continually topping up, every six months at best. Complete failure, component breakdown and compressor failure could end up costing thousands of pounds to repair fully.
Other aspects to keep an eye on, are 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. Our local mechanics 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 every 1-2 years.