Want to make sure your car’s air conditioning is working before the hot weather hits us? You don’t want to be stuck in traffic on a hot day only to realize it has given up the ghost. Testing your AC regularly and having it properly maintained should ensure that it keeps going when you need it the most. To help you prepare, here are some common problems you could face with your auto AC and how to prevent or repair them.
Blowing hot air
If your AC is blowing hot air instead of cold, then you’re going to be stuck in a very hot car. A variety of issues can cause this. It could be that your car is leaking coolant so can no longer cool the air properly. It could be a problem with the condenser, which is in charge of cooling the refrigerant after it has been heated. If this is blocked or damaged, the refrigerant will not be able to do its job properly. Take your car into a mechanic to diagnose the cause of your AC blowing hot air.
You also don’t want to be stuck in a car that’s being filled with a bad smell coming from your air conditioner. If your AC hasn’t been used in months, then it might just be a case of mold and bacteria building up inside the system over time. A mechanic will be able to flush out the system to remove all the bacteria and other particles contributing to the bad smell.
Maybe your AC is still blowing cold air like it should, but it’s just not as powerful as it should be. Weak airflow means that your car won’t be cooled as efficiently as possible. This could also be caused by a build-up of mold restricting the airflow, so regularly flushing the system is still advised. It could also be a structural problem, such as a loose blower hose or a loose seal. Take it in for a check-up and repair before the problem worsens.
If you’ve noticed a problem with your car’s AC or just want to get it checked up in time for summer, visit us at Bill’s Auto Clinic in Winston Salem. We provide AC repair and car service in Walkertown, Clemmons, Winston Salem, and surrounding areas.