Signs Your A/C is Calling in Sick
The last thing that you need in the dead heat of summer is for your A/C to break down. This is especially true in extra hot places like Florida and Texas were rolling the windows down in August just feels like standing in front of a blow dryer. There’s air moving, sure – but it doesn’t provide much comfort.
If you want to be safe rather than sorry, then you’ll want to keep an eye out for these three signs that it may be time to take your A/C in for a tune-up.
If your A/C runs very noisily, the problem may be a worn compressor – and that will need to be dealt with if you want your A/C to continue running efficiently throughout the summer. The compressor is the part that pressurizes the refrigerant that cools your air, so it’s pretty important. Want to see how it actually works? Watch this cool video on YouTube that shows how a compressor in an A/C system goes together.
If you’re A/C seems to be on the fritz but you can’t identify a strange sound or smell, you might have a leak. Leaks are not always easy to spot, but they’re usually indicators that your car needs some repairs. In relation to A/C problems, we’re looking at oil and Freon leaks. You can find special dyes and devices that help you identify leaks – visit your local auto store and they’ll know where to point you. Sometimes, you’ll be able to smell the leaking oil from inside the Freon system – but unless you see the leak, the only way to be sure is with a test.
It’s Just Not That Chilly
If you crank your A/C all the way up, it’s supposed to be cold – not cool, not lukewarm, not slightly breezy, but actually cold. If you can’t turn your interior into an almost-icebox, then you might need to look into getting a few repairs done. You can be quite comfortable with an A/C system that doesn’t quite cool things all the way, but that chill factor is only going to get worse. Take the proactive route and deal with it before it becomes a serious problem.
These are just some of the issues that you might not be on the lookout for. Others are more obvious: if it takes forever to cool the car’s interior if the A/C doesn’t always start if it blows warm air for several minutes, then yes, you need to get it checked. Keep your eyes open and be aware of any changes in your A/C’s performance, and you’ll be able to stay comfortable year-round. Check out our service specials to see if you can get a complimentary A/C check for the summer!