How Does My AC System Work?
Your vehicle’s air conditioning system cools and removes moisture from the air inside of your vehicle using the compressor, the condenser, and the evaporator. The compressor is operated by the vehicle’s drive belt and pumps the refrigerant through the AC system. In this system, the refrigerant is exposed to high and low pressure, forcing a change between gas and liquid to capture and release heat. The refrigerant passes through the evaporator and captures heat in a gas state. Then the refrigerant moves through the AC lines and into the condenser, and the refrigerant cools as heat is released outside and returns to a liquid. In order for the system to work properly, it must have the proper amount of refrigerant and be free of contaminants or problems that will arise. Over time, an AC system will begin to lose its charge and become contaminated. If your vehicle’s AC is not working properly, you should take the steps to have your AC serviced at a local mechanic.
What Should I Do When My AC Stops Working?
Even with its fan on full blast, a functioning AC system should be able to cool the air in your car, even on the hottest days. If you notice a lack of cold air coming from the dashboard vents, your AC is probably malfunctioning. Noise coming from under the hood when turning the AC on or off can also indicate the problem of a broken compressor or loose part.
The AC system requires a precise amount of refrigerant that is under pressure at all times. If there is a leak the refrigerant will escape the system, causing your AC to stop working. Even if you get regular maintenance, older cars are more likely to suffer from leaks due to long exposure to heat, vibration, and wear and tear over the years. The more miles you have on your car, the more wear and tear the compressor’s components have experience.
When your AC stops working, avoid the temptation to service your own AC. There are environmental regulations to be followed, and specialized equipment required to service an AC system correctly by an experienced mechanic. If you are in a pinch for a temporary fix, there are DIY recharge kits at auto parts stores that can help, but improper service could damage the system and lead to an expensive repair.
If your AC system is low on refrigerant, a mechanic will add a new refrigerant and check for potential leaks using a specialized sensor. Generally, AC systems shouldn’t need periodic recharges, but if you notice needing to regularly recharge your AC, then there is a high possibility of a larger underlying problem. If your mechanic finds a leak, the leaking component will need to be replaced. Other issues like your AC compressor malfunctioning means your whole AC system may be contaminated with rust, metal particles, and debris. The mechanic will have to flush the system out which can become expensive. Having your system service can reduce the risk of having a problem.
When Is the Best Time To Repair My Car’s AC?
There is nothing worse than getting into your car on a hot day, only to find out your AC is blowing warm air or not working at all. The best time to consider AC system repairs is before you need them. Even when your car’s AC system is working properly, there are parts that can deteriorate over the cold winter months. No one wants to be stuck in a vehicle with no AC. You can solve this unfortunate event by having your vehicle’s AC system serviced before spring.
Don’t let your AC system remain an unsolved problem. Over time your system can deteriorate without refrigerant and requires a more expensive repair. Before spring arrives, schedule an appointment at Jody’s Automotive. We offer fast, affordable air conditioning repairs for all makes and models. Our professional technicians are here to assist with your auto services needs. Contact us today for more information. We have the experience and expertise to get your air conditioning working properly before spring turns to summer in Elkin, NC.