Many of us are still enjoying Spring, but the hottest months of the year are right around the corner. With that in mind, it’s important to get your car’s air conditioning system ready to handle the heat. The A/C system in some vehicles needs to be serviced at least once a year to continue working well, so now is the perfect time to take care of that essential maintenance.
Air Pressure Inspection
A/C service begins with understanding the pressure in the system. If the setting is on full blast but the breeze isn’t blowing strongly, there might be a block or leak in the system. A deficient air conditioning system can cause major internal damage to your car beyond bad air flow, so it’s important to address it as soon as you can.
New Cabin Air Filter
As your A/C system pumps outside air into your car’s cabin, it filters out allergens and other particles. This ensures that the breeze coming through the vents is fresh and clean for you to breathe.
Over time, this air filter becomes clogged with filth that gradually builds up. A dirty filter restricts airflow, impeding the proper performance of the system. Your cabin filter should be replaced with a new, clean one every 10,000-15,000 miles, depending on how often you run your air conditioner and how dusty the air in your city is.
Much like the air conditioning system in your house, your car’s climate control system uses refrigerant to lower the temperature of the ventilated air.
Over time, this fluid can leak or dissipate. Some A/C systems can lose 10-15 percent of this refrigerant every year. Because of that, your car needs a cooling system recharge every 2-4 years to make sure the refrigerant can keep the breeze pleasantly and consistently cool.
Compressor and Condenser Maintenance
The compressor and condenser might be hidden under your hood, but they’re incredibly important parts of the A/C system. They need to be clean and properly functioning for the cooling process to work. For instance, if the compressor isn’t turning when the serpentine belt is moving, it’s potentially broken and needs to be replaced.
Run the System Weekly
Beyond the service your system receives from a professional, you can do your part to maintain it at home by running the air conditioning system every week on its highest, coldest setting – even during winter and spring. This dries out the lines and prevents mold and mildew from forming to due dampness. Running your system regularly also keeps the pressure where it should be and the compressor working properly.
Because it’s easy to accidentally damage your car’s A/C system by trying to service it yourself, we definitely recommend you come in for an air conditioning service with the professionals at Valvoline Instant Oil Change*. Don’t wait until you notice a weird smell or sound coming from the vents or weak cool-air flow. It’s always good to hit the ground running in the summer – especially if you’re taking the kids to games or heading out on fun road trips and vacations!
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