Top 10 tips for your car’s air conditioning system
With the terribly hot month of May, the importance of the AC car system begins to multiply. Losing air conditioning in the summer, especially in a country known for its warm weather at that time, can only be a nightmare. Temperatures in the cabin of the car can rise to 140 degrees Fahrenheit, and you cannot afford to be without an AC in such hot weather. AC maintenance can cost a fortune and can be easily avoided by following these maintenance tips:
- One of the most common problems is the clogging of air filters and AC capacitors, preventing airflow through the cooling coils. So be sure to wash the condenser thoroughly with water every week. This helps remove dirt from these inaccessible places and helps maintain better cooling, which helps in the summer.
- Dirt and moisture are two of the leading causes of a pest in a car’s air conditioning system. Therefore, all carpets and rugs in the car should be vacuumed and cleaned thoroughly every week to ensure that the AC duct and ventilation inside do not attract dust from the outside, keeping them clean and providing better cooling.
- The AC air filter, found under the dash in most vehicles, should be thoroughly cleaned with water or even replaced if necessary. Be sure to clean the filter during regular maintenance. Take care, especially in summer, to ensure cleanliness before the start of the season.
- If the engine is hot or overheated, this can significantly affect the air conditioning. This is because the AC condenser is located just in front of the engine cooler. If the refrigerator overheats, too much heat can be transferred to the condenser and affect its operation. To avoid such situations, the refrigerator should be cleaned every 3 months.
- Because the AC compressor is generally motorized, insufficient lubrication or maintenance can damage the compressor. Therefore, be sure to carefully check the drive belt connected to the compressor, gas lines, and hoses to avoid such failures in the vehicle’s air conditioning system.
- Never ignore strange and unusual compressor noises. Such noise may indicate problems with the drive belt, coolant entering the compressor door, loosening the mounting screws that hold the AC components, pressure compensation, or even damage to the belt. All these problems in the AC system affect whether it is maintenance or replacement, and you should consult the nearest service center as soon as such a situation occurs.
- Check at least once a month if the AC gas lines are leaking. You can even clean it thoroughly with soapy water to make sure it doesn’t exist.
- Loss of lubrication is one of the most common causes of AC compressor failure. Therefore, if you see stains of AC oil on the compressor or on the pipes and hoses, contact the service center immediately.
- Use the re-circulating mode as often as possible. Compared to clean air operation, the use of circulating AC power improves performance because AC works faster and with more power. Furthermore, this feature excludes the entry of dirty air or unpleasant odors from the outside. Especially in summer, when it is very dusty outside, it is better to use the re-circulating mode than the fresh air mode.
- One of the most basic but essential tips is to use AC as carefully as possible to avoid damage that could cause the AC to stop working.