Spring, Summer, and warmer temperatures are on the way. Living in the Midwest, we are used to the rollercoaster of temperatures this time of year. However, when the heat and humidity hit, you need to know your car’s air conditioning system will work! Upkeep and maintenance on your automobile’s AC will keep you comfortable every time you turn it on. If you notice any of the following problems with your car’s air conditioner be sure to have it checked before it is too late.
You might hear strange noises when you flip on your car’s air conditioner and if you do, it is probably the compressor. Once this part begins to fail, it might grind or have a whining noise when it is activated. These sounds are the result of internal components, such as the bearings, going bad. Turn your AC off to see if the sound stops and then back on again to see if it resumes. If so, your car’s air conditioning has a problem.
The whole point of turning on your vehicle’s AC is to get cold air to come through the vents. Still, if your AC system has not been maintained, you might find yourself with hot air instead. Hot air is a sign of AC compressor failure. Hot air could also be a sign your refrigerant is low; this is usually a warning before the compressor dies completely. You will notice the air seems to be getting warmer over time.
Your vehicle’s air-conditioning compressor has internal bearings to prevent the refrigerant from leaking out of the compressor. The compressor’s job is to pressurize the refrigerant gas to help cool the air down. This wears the bearings down over time because of the constant pressurized environment inside the compressor. Worn or damaged bearings will leak refrigerant.
Just like a manual transmission, the AC compressor has a clutch. This clutch connects to your vehicle’s engine to draw power from it. The compressor only uses the power when it needs it, but if the AC compressor clutches or its pulley gets stuck, the compressor will not work because it will not be getting any power. The clutch itself cannot be replaced. If it seizes up, you must replace the compressor.
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