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Stop sweating it! If your car air conditioner is giving you common A/C problems that include:
• Hot air blowing out of the A/C vent
• Lack of pressure when the air blows out of the air vents
• Failure to simply blow air at all
• Visually inspecting all A/C components
• Run a performance test
• Perform a systems state of charge test
• Perform a system control test
• Perform a leak test using an approved electronic leak detector
A climate control system is a complex system that requires routine maintenance for increased seasonal performance and operation. A vehicle’s climate control system is comprised of multiple, smaller systems that work together to maintain a comfortable cabin environment. The climate control system is able to affect and regulate the internal temperature of a vehicle through a cycle of processes. Although the climate control system is primarily used to improve the comfort levels of both drivers and passengers, there are times over the course of the year when maintaining the ideal internal temperature becomes more than a matter of comfort. In severe weather conditions, maintaining the proper internal climate can actually factor into automotive safety. This is why it is important for you to seek climate control repairs at the first sign of trouble.
When your vehicle’s climate control system malfunctions or stops working, it is important to schedule a climate control repair service.
In addition to regaining the comfortable cabin environment you enjoyed prior to your system’s problems, you can help ensure your
safety as a driver. If you pay attention to the warning signs of an impending climate control system service, you may be able to
prevent a broken system and subsequent safety concerns. In addition, your owner’s manual should provide recommended regular service intervals for climate control systems. Catching early warning signs and replacing or repairing climate control system
components as necessary will help ensure your ability to control air outflow at all times.
Car air conditioning systems promote a comfortable cabin interior and help prevent driver fatigue. During normal vehicle operation, a substantial amount of heat is created by the engine and exterior contributors like the road and sun. Your vehicle’s AC system is responsible for cooling, purifying, and circulating air. Your air conditioning system works through a series of processes that involve refrigerant. In your vehicle, the refrigerant is responsible for removing heat from the cabin compartment. Refrigerant goes through a continuous cycle of air compression that is dependent on your compressor’s drive belt. The compressor pumps the refrigerant through the system where it is transformed from a hot gas into a liquid and then cooled. Through a number of other components, such as the condenser, compressor, and evaporator, the liquid is again processed into a gas, pressurized, and vaporized before being released into the cabin as cool air.
Like most aspects of car maintenance, treating a problem with your vehicle’s air conditioning system early can help prevent major repairs.
For example, an air conditioning system operating on low refrigerant due to a leak will eventually damage the compressor. Replacing or repairing the compressor can be more expensive than sealing the leak and refilling the refrigerant. Some symptoms to beware of regarding a faulty air conditioning system include an inoperative fan or blower, an unusual amount of noise during regular operation, and, of course, reduced cooling capability. Stale smelling air is another sign that something is wrong with your vehicle’s air conditioner. A clogged compressor, evaporator, condenser, or expansion valve can contribute to AC system failure. Routine maintenance now can help you avoid major AC repairs down the road.
In contrast to the cooling system, which removes heat from the engine, the heating system transfers the engine’s heat to the vehicle’s interior. Excess engine heat is absorbed by coolant, a mixture of water and antifreeze. Coolant is carried by the heater hoses from the engine to the radiator, which expels some of the heat into the atmosphere. The water pump pushes the coolant through the engine, cooling system, and heating system. The coolant travels to the heater core, located in your vehicle’s dashboard. There, the heater fan directs the rest of the warm air into the vehicle’s cabin. Once the coolant transfers heat into the vehicle, the coolant returns to the water pump where it continues to circulate through the system. The heating and cooling systems share a number of components, including the radiator, thermostat, and water pump. Other heating system components include the blower motor, heater control valve, heater core, heater fan, and heater hoses. These components work together to regulate temperatures in the engine and cabin compartment.
Because the heating and cooling systems work in tandem, problems with the cooling system will affect the heating system.
Low coolant levels, for example, can affect the heating system’s ability to warm your vehicle’s interior. Leaking coolant can be attributed
to a damaged heater core, radiator, heater hose, or cooling system. Sweet smells coming from the air vents are a sign of a coolant leak.
Other common issues that plague heating system components include a vacuum leak, heater valve failure, fan motor failure,
heater core failure, or stuck thermostat. One of the most common causes of breakdowns is overheating, but heating system maintenance
can help prevent this from happening. Consult your owner’s manual for recommended inspection intervals for the various heating system components, and be sure to seek out heating system repairs when necessary.
Tune, Lube and Brakes Auto Car Care of Chula Vista proudly serves the Auto Air Conditioning Repair and A/C Service needs of customers
in Chula Vista, CA and surrounding areas.
Call us today at 619-476-1731 for your FREE check engine light inspection, or for more information about our Chula Vista auto repair services.
We are located at 694 Broadway, Chula Vista, CA 91910.
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