The summer is fast approaching, which means the temperatures are rising and many people are using their car’s A/C to stay cool while driving. But if the air conditioning in your car isn’t in good shape, it won’t do you any good. It’s imperative to stay on top of your vehicle’s maintenance if you want it to run well. Below are four tips for maintaining your car’s air conditioning system so it works when you need it most.
REGULARLY RUN THE A/C
Once a week, turn on your air conditioner for 10 minutes, even if it is too cold to use it. Ensure that the temperature is at the lowest setting and that the fan is turned up to maximum. This will help maintain the vehicle’s gas pressure while allowing the compressor to work efficiently. You should also run the defrost cycle to prevent mildew and unpleasant odor, as well as to evacuate the system of excessive moisture. Repeat the cycle every week for 5-10 minutes.
Every two years, you need to recharge the air conditioning system in your car. An experienced technician at Express Auto Repair can help with this process and keep your system running smooth by performing a tune-up.
CLEAN THE AIR FILTER
Keeping the air circulating in the AC is crucial. Air filters remove dust, pollen, and other pollutants, and they are easy to check and clean. Air filters for air conditioning systems are usually located behind the glove box, which is easily removed. After you locate and remove the filter you should shake out any dirt and debris. If this does not remove the dirt, it may be necessary to wash the filter with water or replace it. Before reinstalling, make sure that the filter is completely dry. When replacing an air filter, you have several options, including upgraded filters that are more effective at cleaning the air.
Take the time to check the exterior grills under the windshield so that you don’t allow debris to enter the air conditioning system and clog it up. Make sure there are no leaves or other debris blocking the grills. It’s also a good idea to inspect the condenser for debris. Open the hood and use a hose to wash out debris that could potentially clog the condenser and make it less effective.
If you follow these steps, you can maintain your car’s air conditioning system, keep it performing at its best, and ensure that it will keep you comfortable throughout the hot summer months.
If you are experiencing issues with your vehicle’s air conditioning system, contact Express Auto Repair today! The team at Express Auto Repair can diagnose any issues and get your system working properly.