Driving comfortably in your car is a necessity for all types of weather. The warmer months are quickly approaching so you’ll want to make sure your vehicle’s air conditioning system is working properly. This system can, unfortunately, become easily damaged due to being used frequently or your car’s age. Let’s take a look at some warning signs that your A/C may need repair and how you can prevent damage.
Odors coming from your car’s air conditioning unit are a sure way to tell it needs some repairs. If you’re noticing the unpleasant smell of sweaty clothes your A/C’s cabin air filter is most likely dirty or worn out. If you regularly change your filters you can prevent this smell from occurring and you won’t have to worry about further damaging the system. Other reasons for foul odors can be from a moldy evaporator case or air vent. You’ll want to make sure the case and vents are also regularly cleaned to prevent any risk to your health by breathing in mold.
Strange noise coming from your car’s A/C unit is another warning sign of damage. If you hear a rattling sound when you turn on the air conditioning you may have a broken fan belt or condenser. Extra debris built up in the fan can also cause unusual noises. If you’re experiencing these sounds it’s best not to ignore them since it can lead to a more serious problem for your car.
Visible warnings that there can be a problem with your A/C are leaks that can occur in a few different places. One of these places is the dashboard which means there could be a clog in the hose of your system. Both the age of your car and moisture can cause these system leaks. If your car is no longer keeping cool this can be a sign of a refrigerant leak. The rubber seals and hoses can eventually lose elasticity allowing the refrigerant to escape.
Getting a regular check-up or maintenance on your vehicle is key to keeping it in the best shape. The same goes for the air conditioning system since it’s such an important part of keeping your ride safe and comfortable. Regular visits to your mechanic will prevent further serious damage to your A/C unit. Maintenance and a full check-up of your air conditioning system should be done at least once a year.
If you want to make sure your vehicle’s A/C is ready to handle the summer heat, the team at Dave’s Auto Repair is ready to help. Visit us at 4547 Bee Ridge Road Sarasota, FL 34233, or call to schedule an appointment today! 941-371-5981