Air Conditioner Trouble?
Air Conditioner Trouble?
When it comes down to it, air conditioning is a luxury. Drivers made due without it for a long time. However, most cars offer air conditioning, and, reality speaking, it is downright terrible when it doesn’t work. Excessive sweating, dehydration, and general discomfort can turn a normal drive into something completely unbearable. You can avoid the inconvenience of a broken air conditioner by being on the lookout for these warning signs. If you are experiencing the below, we recommend making an appointment to service your vehicles air conditioning system as soon as possible.
Air Conditioning System Warning Signs
Water inside the vehicle
Part of the air conditioner’s job is to dehumidify the air in your vehicle – it sucks the moisture out of the air and then drains that water outside of your vehicle. If you run your vehicle’s air conditioner and it is functioning properly, you will probably see water drip underneath your car after it has been parked. If the drain, a hose, or the like becomes clogged, the water could back up and drain directly into the interior of your vehicle. If this happens, you will most likely see water stains and/or puddles on the floor mat under the dashboard.
When you turn on your air conditioner, all you should hear is the fan, otherwise known as the blower. If you hear a banging sound or rattling noise, it is… not a good sign. The cause of the noise could be any number of things. Debris such as leaves could get lodged in the fan, the condenser might be worn out or about to wear out, or a fan belt might be on its last legs. If you hear an odd noise when you turn on your air conditioner, it is recommended that you have that sound diagnosed by a professional.
When you switch on your air conditioner, you should not smell anything. If you switch it on and smell a mildew-like odor, it might mean that mold is growing inside the air conditioner system. While this obviously isn’t good for the system, it also isn’t healthy for you to breathe in impure air because it could possibly trigger allergic reactions, among other problems. Having the system looked at and/or cleaned by a professional is the best course of action. We recommend MiSTing your vehicle.
Refrigerant is a gas that the air conditioner uses to produce cold air. Without refrigerant, the air conditioner will not be able to churn out cold air you have come to enjoy while driving in the summer heat. A refrigerant leak is dissimilar to other fluid leaks. Upon exposure to air, refrigerant evaporates making diagnosis of a leak a somewhat complicated manner. If you do not have the tools and equipment needed to properly diagnose a refrigerant leak, we recommend taking your vehicle to your local store for service.