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Common Vehicle Air Conditioning System Problems

Summer is here, and that means temperatures are on the rise. When you drive, you rely on your car’s air conditioning system to keep you cool and comfortable so you’re not miserable. But if it appears your AC is out, there could be several reasons for the problem. Read on for a few of the most common signs and symptoms of a car air conditioner in distress.

You’re Getting Air but It’s Not Cold

You’ve turned your air conditioning to its maximum cool level, but the air coming is barely even cool, let alone ice cold. Check to see that the cooling fans on your vehicle’s condenser or radiator are running when the AC is turned on. You should also look for debris like insects, dirt, or leaves that might be getting in the way of the condenser. This area needs to be free of obstructions in order for the cold air to flow. Make sure your cabin air filter is clean and unclogged. You can easily replace it with a new one to see if this helps.

The Compressor Has Problems

When it comes to vehicle air conditioning problems, start with the compressor first. Turn on your car, and then turn the AC to maximum cool and set the fans on high. Make sure that the clutch is engaging the compressor. If you notice that it’s engaging and then disengaging at a fast rate, it could be a matter of low refrigerant. If your clutch is not engaging at all, use a voltmeter to check the voltage level. If levels look good, the clutch could be bad. If you get no voltage at all, you may have a blown fuse or not enough refrigerant to cycle the compressor.

You’ve Got Leaks

Another common culprit for AC trouble is leaking within your system. Check around all fittings to ensure that everything is secure. Take a close look at your hose manifolds located on the air conditioning compressor. You should also look at the front seat and O-rings and look for cracks or wear and tear. Check the hoses to make sure they are properly crimped onto the fittings. There are several other ways to check for leaks, but when in doubt you should always trust the advice of an experienced mechanic.

With good maintenance and regular system checks, you can be sure that your car will stay cool and comfortable all summer long.

For all your automotive service and repair needs, contact Primary Care Auto Repair in Warwick, RI at 401-681-4994 to schedule an appointment today!
 

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