How To Tell If Your AC Is Ready For The Summer Heat
The air conditioning in the car always seems to go out at the worst possible time, like when you are on your way to an important meeting or when you are just setting off on a summer road trip. You don’t have to be caught unaware, though. There are a few things that you can do to ensure that your AC is in good working order, so that you can hopefully make it through the warm summer months unscathed.
Put Your System Through The Wringer
Test out your system to see if there is anything that needs a closer look. To start, flip on your air conditioning to make sure that it is coming out cold. Switch up the fan speeds to make sure they all work properly. Sit in the car for a few minutes to make sure that you don’t smell anything unusual; it’s not uncommon for mold or bacteria to grow in the system and that is something you want to address immediately. Always look to see if there is anything obstructing the grill in the front, because that could keep the air conditioner from working up to its maximum capacity.
Of course, if you hear any strange noises, that is also a sign that you might want to bring your car into Ethan’s Honest Automotive for a full check. In addition, if you have any concerns, or think something isn’t working properly, it is always best to have the car looked at by a professional.
Clean The Condenser
The condenser is responsible for taking hot air and making it cold. There are a lot of things that can go wrong with the condenser, including the fact that it is easily clogged by dust and other objects. If it is clogged, it doesn’t always work as intended. For that reason, it is a good idea to have a professional clean the condenser to make sure it is in good working order for the summer. Keep in mind that the condenser is easily damaged, which is why this task is best left to someone that is familiar with automobiles.
Replace The Air Filter
All cool air goes through an air filter that gets rid of anything that shouldn’t be there, like dust or pollen. The air filter takes on a very important role and shouldn’t be forgotten about in this whole process. However, it doesn’t last forever, and it can keep air from moving properly if it isn’t in good working order. That is why the air filter should be replaced before summer starts, so that you are giving your air conditioning system the best chance of success.
It is best to get your air conditioning system checked out once per year, and having it looked at right before the warm weather hits is optimal. Remember that your air filter should be looked at twice per year, and more often if you live in a harsh environment. Don’t wait for a problem to crop up; take steps to improve the functioning of your air conditioning system and stay cool this year!