Signs your Car’s A/C needs to be repaired

July 28th, 2016 by

No matter what type of vehicle you drive, at some point, your car’s going to need some type of repair. Even with all of the advanced technology today that tells you when your tires need air and when you’re veering from your lane, car parts eventually wear down and may need to be replaced. Even if you follow your owner’s manual recommended maintenance schedule, parts and systems break down, including the air conditioner.

One thing you can do to minimize the cost of repairs over the lifespan of your vehicle is to have it checked out by expert automotive technicians at the first sign of trouble. One part of your car you don’t want to break down, especially during hot summer months, is your air conditioner. If you pay attention to your car’s performance, you will notice signs that your A/C system may need to be replaced.

Most Common Signs of A/C Trouble

If you notice water stains or puddles on the floor mat of your car, your A/C may be breaking down because the water should drain outside of your vehicle when the air conditioner is working properly. Your air conditioner sucks moisture out of the air and then drains that water outside of your vehicle, so when it’s working properly, you will see water on the ground after your car is parked. If the air conditioning hose becomes clogged, the water drains into your car; if this happens, bring your car to a service station immediately. The longer you wait to get this fixed, the more costly the repair will be.

Bad Smell

If you notice a bad smell when you turn on your A/C, your system may be failing. That bad smell may indicate that mold is growing inside the air conditioning system. This problem cannot be ignored because breathing in mold is not safe for humans and could cause allergic reactions and other breathing-related problems.

Strange Noise

Strange noises are another sign your air conditioning system may be failing. When you turn on your A/C, you should hear the fan blowing cool air, but if you hear a banging or rattling sound, something is wrong. Several different problems can cause those noises; some common causes of those sounds are debris clogging the fan, a worn out condenser, or a bad fan belt.

Something is leaking

A refrigerant leak will also cause your A/C to break down; without refrigerant, cold air will not come out of your vents. This problem is a bit more difficult to diagnose because when exposed to air, refrigerant evaporates (so it cannot be seen). Only a highly skilled automotive technician will be able to discover and fix this A/C problem.

The air conditioner compressor is the main component to the A/C system in your vehicle because it’s responsible for pressurizing and distributing the coolant, so when something goes bad with the compressor, your air conditioner will not work properly.

Unless you’ve been trained to repair car air conditioning systems, it’s best to bring your car into a reputable service station at the first sign of A/C trouble. The sooner you get it checked out, the sooner you’ll be back on the road enjoying nice cool air inside your car.

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