As the summer rolls in, it is time for you to pop the hood, open the vents, and check for these signs of a properly functioning system. From there, you can determine whether your car is due for a tune- up or is ready to cruise in the summer sun. Below are some useful tips for making sure your air conditioning system is up to the task of keeping you cool this summer.
Get the most out of your car AC this summer with these tips
There are a variety of problems that can crop up in a car’s air conditioning system. Often the defect is minor, but sometimes, the problem is significant. Some of the most common issues that occur are when a car is not blowing out cold air, there is a rattling noise, or the air smells musty and stale.
1. Start your car AC on a low setting
Test the fan speeds to ensure they are all working – from low to medium to high. Turn the AC to the coldest setting and make sure all vents are blowing. Start on the lowest setting and adjust your fan accordingly. Turn your air on low and start warming up your engine by driving.
2. Make sure that your filter is clean and sound-free
You should change your air filter every 12,000 or so miles because of dirt and debris that can get in there and clog up your system. If there is a lot of dirt accumulated on your filter, it is about time you take your vehicle in for a filter change. You should also look out for unusual sounds coming from your car’s AC system. When you turn it on, there should not be any strange sounds coming from it at all. So, if you hear squealing, squeaking, or banging – this is an indicator that your system is not operating correctly. Listen for any noises or rattling under the hood. If you hear anything, it could mean that there is something broken or loose and should be checked out. It is important to change your cabin air filter regularly.
3. Check for odours and unusual sightings
If you smell a foul odour, it could mean bacteria or mildew is growing in your system, and you should have your car checked out. Car air conditioning should have a neutral scent. When there is mould, dust, and other things collected in your air conditioning system, this can often result in a musty smell. Along with odours, also check for unusual visuals. Like any other air conditioning system, the refrigerant is one of the essential parts for keeping your car cool this summer. Make sure your coolant stays dry. Condensation can cause severe damage to your engine. Take a quick peek at the sight glass under your hood; the refrigerant should be clean and clear of any bubbles or foam. If it has a milky-like substance, this means that liquid has gotten into it, and it will need to be replaced.
Don’t sweat it! Have your AC checked over and professionally serviced before the summer heat arrives. CRS Automotive can handle your car’s air conditioning service and take care of any other car maintenance necessary to keep your vehicle running cool and smoothly all summer long. For more information, contact us today and book a service.