Summer is slowly winding down, but don’t get too excited just yet. Cooler days and pumpkin spice lattes are still far off, but even with a new season on the horizon, you’ll still need to stay on top of your vehicle’s maintenance schedule.
Each part of your car has an important task to do to keep it safe and reliable, and your vehicle’s air conditioning system certainly plays a vital role. Again, if your mind is wandering to fall and you’re considering putting off repairs to your cooling system for a few weeks, then you need to stop that train of thought in its tracks. First off, no one can predict when the first cooldown will happen and second, your vehicle’s A/C does more than just keep you and your passengers comfortable on a hot day.
·Reasons to Maintain Your Vehicle’s A/C – Did you know that your heater keeps the engine cool and the A/C defrosts your windshield? It’s true. Your engine produces a lot of heat while it’s running, and your air system helps to dissipate it, so your car doesn’t overheat. Conversely, on rainy days or during cooler weather, your A/C can help pull the humidity out of the air inside the car and help the windshield to defog. With regular maintenance, you’ll be able to keep your A/C in good condition so it can perform these important tasks as well as reduce the risk of compressor failure.
·Cabin Filter – Along with giving the cooling system much-needed maintenance, you’ll also have to stay on top of your cabin air filter to ensure that you and your passengers stay healthy. During the cooling system maintenance, your mechanic will check your cabin filter. Much like the filter in your home air conditioner, the cabin air filter helps to trap dust and pollutants from the road and prevent them from getting into your cabin. Some of the things your filter will collect over time are pollen, bacteria, dust, exhaust fumes, and mold spores. The older and dirtier your cabin filter gets, the less effective it becomes in keeping the bad stuff out.
·When to Service Your Car’s A/C – There are plenty of signs to look out for that tell you your vehicle’s cooling system needs attention. The first will be when the air just isn’t as cool as it should be, which is a sign that your refrigerant needs to be recharged. Another is a foul smell coming from the air vents that could be a sign that mold is growing in the system. Do you hear an unusual banging or rattling sound? That could be an indication that your condenser or fan belt have worn out or that there’s debris clogging the fan. Finally, if you see puddles or water stains on your car’s floorboards beneath the dashboard then you could have a clogged drain hose on your hands. Now that you have a better understanding of how important your vehicle’s air conditioner is for its overall performance and safety, we hope you’re ready for your next service. If you live in the Albuquerque area, your friends at Quic Transmission Automotive are always ready to give your vehicle the repairs and maintenance it needs. If you’ve been noticing any of the A/C issues we highlighted be sure to call (505) 271-8000 and make an appointment with us to have you’re A/C serviced. https://quictrans.com/