Like most of the components in your car or truck, the air conditioning system is prone to dust, dirt, and debris that can clog the system. Since airflow is very important to the efficiency and performance of the air conditioning system, it is important for it to be routinely checked, repaired, or maintained to extend its life and prevent failures.
Here are 7 simple but effective car and truck air conditioning maintenance and repair tips:
1. Running The Air Conditioner At Least Once Weekly For About 10 Minutes
Running your air conditioner regularly helps to maintain gas pressure and keeps the compressor in perfect working condition. It is important to ensure that the air conditioner is set to its coolest setting and highest fan speed for the best results.
2. Running Defrost Mode For 5 to 10 Minutes
Running defrost mode helps to prevent mildew buildup and helps to clean out excessive moisture that usually leads to unpleasant odors in your car or truck.
3. Using The Air Conditioner In Winter
The air conditioning system performs other functions besides cooling your vehicle. One of the most important functions is removing humidity from the cabin. It is particularly effective when you want to improve visibility by removing fog from the windshield.
4. Having The Condenser Cleaned
To allow for optimal airflow it is important to have dirt and residues cleaned from the condenser. Doing this also allows the automotive service technician to check your condenser for any faulty, broke, or loose parts.
5. Checking, Cleaning or Replacing the Filter
Filters can become clogged and block airflow thus reducing the efficiency of your air conditioning system. A dirty cabin air filter can carry dirt into the evaporator coil thus impairing its capacity to absorb heat.
6. Having the System Checked for Any Leaks
The air conditioning system cools the air coming into your vehicle using refrigerant. To ensure efficient operation, it is important to have the system checked for any leaks that allow refrigerant to escape and get them repaired and your system recharged for the best service.
7. Getting a Complete Air Conditioning Service
It is important to take your car or truck to your local auto service center at least once every 2 years before the hottest months of the year for it to be serviced.
If you want to extend the life of your vehicle’s air conditioning system, the 7 tips provided here will be of great benefit. Schedule an appointment at Jem Grip Auto Tire to have the air conditioning system of your car or truck examined, cleaned, and repaired.