There is nothing quite so comforting as your car air conditioner creating a cool breeze on a summer’s day. If your car air conditioner starts giving you headaches, we have a few common causes and some ways to solve those pesky air conditioning problems.
Why is my car air conditioner not working?
Some of the common causes of air conditioner woes can be fixed relatively easily without spending a lot of money or making a trip to your nearest service station. Use this guide to see if you can find the problem. If you can’t solve your issue, you might need to book a service at your closest CRS Automotive service station in Hamilton and Cambridge, ON, Canada.
Check the refrigerant
Take a look at the hoses connected to the air conditioning unit. If you notice any damage or see an oily substance on any of the hoses, you might have a leak in your air conditioner. If you want to fix this yourself, you will need to purchase a sealant from an auto repair shop. Be sure to choose the right type of air conditioner sealant and follow the manufacturer’s instructions on repairing a leak. We do recommend getting this issue checked out by one of our professional staff members because some leaks may be hard to detect and resolve if you are not experienced in these repairs.
Inspect the condenser
The condenser of your car’s air conditioner is located at the front, often just behind the engine grill. You may need to remove the grill of your car very carefully to get access to the condenser. Do a visual inspection to see if you can find any debris blocking the airflow to the condenser and clear out any leaves, rubbish or dirt that might have gotten stuck.
If nothing is blocking the condenser, see if you can find visible damage to the condenser unit. If you strike something on the road, it may pierce or bend components in the condenser. Any damaged, bent or loose component, you will need professional assistance to solve this issue.
Take a look at the Cooling Fans
The cooling fans may, over time, become damaged or faulty. The easiest way to determine if this is the issue is to look at the fans. If there is any visible damage (such as a broken blade), you will need to have this replaced.
Inspect the wiring and electrical components
We recommend leaving this step to our professional service staff if you do not have any experience in diagnosing electrical faults and working with electrical components. If you are familiar with electrical wiring in vehicles, you can inspect the air conditioner unit’s wiring and determine if any fuses in the system need replacing.
Run the air conditioner
If you turn on the air conditioner, take note of how it operates. Do you hear strange noises from the air conditioner? Is the air blowing from the air conditioner not as cold as always? If you experience these issues, you might have trouble with the compressor. Unfortunately, you can’t do much about this issue yourself. You should book a service with CRS Automotive, so we can diagnose the problem and provide you with reliable advice on how to solve it.
At CRS Automotive in Hamilton, Canada, we are experienced at resolving car air conditioner problems for our clients, so give us a call if your air conditioner is not working correctly.