What is the first thing that you adjust when you start your car? Air conditioning is the first thing many Americans touch when they start their car. You take your air conditioner for granted, no matter how hot or cold it is – until it goes!
WHAT IS THE WORK OF MY AC?
People don’t realize that the vehicle’s air conditioner does not create cold air. It removes heat and moisture from the air in your vehicle’s cabin and replaces it with cooler air. Simply put, the air conditioner in your car is almost identical to one in your office or home.
Understanding the workings of the various components can help you understand the repair methods for your air conditioner system.
- Refrigerator – Although it isn’t technically part of your system, refrigerant helps your air conditioner system work! It is essential to cool your vehicle because heat cannot be removed without it. The refrigerant is liquid at lower temperatures and pressures. To ensure proper operation, these levels must be filled exactly.
- Compressor The heart of an AC system, the compressor is responsible for compressing the refrigerant to turn it from liquid to gas.
- Condenser Although it looks similar to your radiator, the condenser is still one of the most easily identifiable components of your car (since it’s directly in front of your radiator). The condenser is responsible for vaporizing the refrigerant from the compressors. Condensed air flows through the condenser, removing heat from the high-pressure refrigerant and cooling it down.
- The evaporator is located behind the passenger compartment and looks like a small radiator with fins or tubes, and the evaporator is a small radiator. The core of the component allows cold air to flow through it, allowing dry and cold air to pass through the vents.
- Receiver- Your system’s receiver prepares refrigerant to enter the evaporator. This involves storing the refrigerant and removing any moisture.
- Expansion Valve – This valve allows high-pressure liquid refrigerant to expand from the receiver. The pressure drops when the expansion takes place.
COMMON AC PROBLEMS
These are some warning signs that your AC might need to be repaired:
- Foul Odor-Certain car air conditioner problems can create a foul or unpleasant smell in your cabin through your air vents. Bad odours could be caused by an old or dirty filter or mould growth on the AC’s evaporator.
- Notable Airflow Changes – If you notice a decline in the quality of your car’s air conditioner, it could be an indication of mould growth or mildew.
- Cooling has changed – Has your cooling been noticeably less efficient? AC problems can be obvious if you expect cold air but are not receiving it, no matter how long you wait. It could be caused by a blockage or a problem with your compressor.
- Loud noises when AC is on – Your car’s compressor acts as the backbone of your AC system. When the AC turns on, loud noises such as a grinding sound or squealing sound could indicate a bigger compressor problem that needs to be repaired.
A professional mechanic can diagnose the problem and offer advice or services to fix it, whatever your symptoms.
COMMON AC SOLUTIONS
Preventive maintenance can help to avoid most air conditioning problems. Preventive maintenance can save you money and time by identifying and fixing any air conditioning issues in your vehicle.
Here are some easy ways to keep your AC system in good condition.
- Inspect the Compressor Belt – If you’re ever under your car, inspect your compressor belt for cracks or damage.
- Check for damage –Visible damages can indicate that your car’s air conditioner has problems. Bring your car to a professional if you notice any problems with its operation.
- Check Air Conditioning Function – You should test your air conditioner system every year to make sure it is cooling properly. You must have it.
- Regular Service –We’ll inspect each service visually. We can perform an evac or recharge if you have AC problems.