Commuting to work every day is bad enough, but when your car’s A/C isn’t working, it can be a nightmare. This is especially true during the summer months when temperatures soar. Here are some potential reasons why your car’s A/C isn’t keeping you cool.
- Low Freon Levels
The most basic A/C problem is simply a lack of Freon. Freon, which is also referred to as refrigerant, is the liquid that allows your A/C to blow out cold air. Over time, your A/C’s supply of Freon can become diminished. Eventually, your A/C will be unable to produce any cold air at all. Fortunately, this is an issue that can be easily fixed simply by taking your car in for regular maintenance.
One of the more serious automotive A/C problems is a Freon leak. Leaks occur when the hoses, seals, or connections that form the A/C system develop breaks or cracks. Freon is then able to leak out of the system. In addition to preventing your A/C from producing cold air, leaks can also have much more serious consequences for your car. For example, the leaking refrigerant can potentially enter other parts of your car’s engine, causing damage. Furthermore, the refrigerant contains certain compounds that are harmful to the environment. When the Freon leaks from your A/C, these compounds can get into the atmosphere.
- Broken Fans
Your car’s A/C is comprised of many parts. In addition to the evaporator coils and refrigerant, your car’s A/C also depends on fans to actually blow the cold air into your car. When your fans break, however, you won’t enjoy the benefits of your A/C. If you notice that your A/C fans are not working properly, you should take your car to a mechanic as soon as possible.
Driving without an A/C is not a pleasurable experience by any measure. Fortunately, with regular maintenance and a bit of knowledge about how your car’s A/C works, you will be able to catch problems and take your car to the mechanic before your A/C stops working altogether. To learn more about air conditioner repair or automotive repair in general, call Murray’s Auto Clinics at 301-585-7557.