Taking Care of Your Car's A/C
Whew — popping into a hot car in the summer is no fun! What's worse is getting in and expecting a cool blast of air from your A/C and feeling nothing but hot mugginess come through your vents. When your vehicle's air conditioning hits the dust in the middle of summer, you need to get it fixed pronto. Where do you start? There are a variety of things that could be going wrong with your vehicle's A/C, and these helpful steps will walk you through finding out what's up and what you should do next to get it fixed. You will appreciate it when you feel light, cool air flowing freely through your vehicle's vents again!
Diagnosing the Problem
There are a few steps that you can quickly run through before deciding if you need to head to the repair shop.
- If you're getting warm air, turn on your air conditioner and check that all of the buttons are in their proper settings. If you're still getting a hot blast from your vents, the problem may be a lack of refrigerant or a problem with your condenser.
- If you're not getting any air at all, listen for unusual odors or noises when you have your A/C on. These can indicate broader problems with your vehicle. A mildew-type smell is not unusual when you're starting your air conditioner for the first time this year. Lingering odors indicate a need to swap your cabin's air filter.
The hot summer sun can really tax your vehicle's cooling systems. Recharging your vehicle's air conditioner is a good first step if you're feeling the cool air, but the temperatures aren't that cold. It could be that you're running low on Freon — the required additive for your vehicle's A/C unit. Some vehicles never need a top up, while you may find that others need it after several years of driving due to a small leak or other damage. While you can purchase a DIY recharge kit for your car's air conditioner, most mechanics don't recommend this option as it could cause damage to your vehicle's systems. A/C repairs can be quite expensive, but the good news is that maintenance checks are not!
The best way to keep your vehicle's interior cool is to have regular maintenance performed on your air conditioning system. At Auto Tek, our service professionals understand how to quickly diagnose and resolve problems with your vehicle's main systems. We can often perform a small tweak or maintenance that will save you big dollars over time! Contact us today at 512-326-3881 or visit us at our Austin location to set up an appointment for your vehicle. You can also learn more about topics such as whether to restore or replace worn headlights on our blog.