The start of summer is just around the corner, but the temperatures are already starting to rise. With warmer weather in our future, the last thing any driver wants is to face getting in their car only to be treated to a blast of hot air every day. The best way to avoid facing this dilemma is to keep on top of your cooling system’s maintenance schedule and in this blog, we aim to highlight some of the steps in a cooling system checkup.
Your car’s AC system does more than keep your cabin comfortable. A well-maintained cooling system can help to keep a driver cool in the summer and prevent driver fatigue which could potentially lead to a crash. Furthermore, your cooling system helps to cool, purify, and circulate the air throughout your car’s cabin and engine. This cycle of air helps to keep your vehicle from overheating, especially on days when it’s particularly warm.
As any New Mexico resident will attest, the summer heat is certainly nothing to fool around with, so staying on top of your service schedule will help avoid a potential emergency. Now the question becomes, how often should your vehicle’s cooling system be serviced? On average, it’s recommended that your car’s AC be serviced every two years, but depending on the age of your vehicle, driving patterns, and living environment, you may have to get checked more often.
During your service appointment, your whole system will be checked and replenished. Over the course of a year, your vehicle will lose approximately 10% of the air conditioning gases in the system. As a result, your refrigerant (the substance that helps cool the cabin) and oils will be checked and replenished to the manufacturer’s recommended levels. The service visit will also look for and correct any issues. This includes checking for leaks, ensuring the temperature output is correct, cleaning the air conditioner to eliminate odors, and expelling air and moisture from the system.
Having these services completed will help to ensure a bigger problem does not develop in the future. As previously mentioned, an efficient cooling system goes beyond keeping the cabin cool, although that is an important function. Keeping your refrigerant at the recommended level can prevent the compressor from being damaged which is a very serious and costly issue. Furthermore, if the air in your cabin is starting to smell stale, it could be a sign of a bigger issue (such as a clog or build up) that may result in a system failure.
If you live in the Albuquerque area and feel your cooling system is due for maintenance, be sure to book your next service visit with the experienced team at Quic Transmission and Automotive Services. Give us a call at (505) 271-8000 and make an appointment with us today.