Vehicle Maintenance — May 22, 2018 at 4:19 am

Keeping Your Air Conditioning Working At Its Best


Air conditioning is one of the most basic features found in a modern vehicle today but this does not make it any less important. In places like Australia and South-Asian countries near the equator, you need your A/C to work its best during the hottest times of the year. You do not want to travel with your family in your car on a hot summer day with a faulty air conditioner. Air conditioning works both ways it is also used as a heater and you would want it to actually heat up your car on a cold day to work for example. Let us take a look at how we can take care of this most basic feature in our vehicle.

An Optimum level of passenger comfort

Air conditioners are designed to keep the interior of your vehicle at a comfortable temperature, but this is not only done through just blasting a stream of cold air into your car, how A/C’s cool down your car partly lies in the fact that they repel all hot air trapped inside your car especially if you had parked your vehicle out in the sun for a considerable amount of time. Hot air is dispelled from your vehicle cabin which is why you find you can lower your Air-con after some time. There is a certain degree of air circulation involved as well and the fact that your vehicle is sealed helps retain the cool air. Before we talk about how you can keep our Air-con working at its maximum efficiency we must first understand that there are a number of important components in the average A/C in your car. These come in the form of a standard condenser, compressor and evaporator. Just like any other component in your car, regular usage would bring some wear and tear on these parts, inhibiting them to perform at their best or completely breaking down in a worst-case scenario.

Keep that A/C in a healthy state

Running your system on a weekly basis could ensure that all the pumps, valves and hoses in your Air-con have the right level of lubrication in them. For a start, your vehicle needs a sufficient amount of water for air-conditioning and other things. Ensure you keep a record of the A/C services that you have done for your vehicle in your log book, as this is something that does not get included in log book services all the time. Get a full service done before the hottest time of the year kicks in so that you can avoid any unpleasant surprises on a hot day when you really need it. If there are any repairs that you feel you must get done, whether it be a minor one or major – get it done. Prolonging repairs can have disastrous effects. Seek out the help of a mechanic specializing in car air conditioning repair and get a professional opinion from them. If they deem it necessary for your vehicle’s Air-conditioner to have a few tweaks or repairs, do not hesitate.

A standard Air-Con Service

A standard service would include such things like leakage tests on your system lines, Condenser fin cleaning, replacement of operating gas etc. Ensure that your mechanic is equipped and skilled to do the following and do not comprise on the quality of service to save a few bucks as an improper low-quality service would cost you a lot more in the future.

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