San Diego, CA (PressExposure) January 07, 2010 -- Most of us take the AC in our automobiles for granted. We donât give it much thought during our daily commute. The only time we think about it is when we it starts giving us problems. But just like all the other important part of a vehicle, its AC should also be maintained properly. Especially in the cities where you get a lot of sunshine, a car without a proper AC is nothing less than a solar heater. It can be quite a punishment to travel in such a car.
There can be various reasons behind a carâs air conditioning problem. There are various components in it and anyone of the AC parts can create trouble. For example, if there is absolutely no cold air from the AC, then it may have one of these problems:
â¢ The fuse might be blown. â¢ Driver belt may be broken. â¢ There can be a blockage in the expansion valve, receiver driver or refrigerant line. â¢ Fault or leakage in expansion valve.
If you are having the problem of decreased cooling in the vehicle, then there might be a slow leak or blockage in the system that needs to be check as soon as possible. A low refrigerant charge, or a slipping AC compressor clutch can also decrease the performance of the AC.
Here you must remember that minor leaks of refrigerant in some air conditioners are normal, but if the leakage increases over time, then see a mechanic immediately. Many of the newer models have external filters to keep the dust particles from reaching inside the car. But with time, these filters can also get clogged and reduce the air flow. Make sure that you clean these filters at regular intervals, especially if you live in a dusty place.
If you experience a musty smell in the car than it is very much possible that mould is blocking the filter and evaporator of the Air conditioner. In such cases, the air might be cold but not cool enough and there will be a strange moisty smell inside the car. Many people might even experience allergic attacks as soon as they enter the car. Take the car to the mechanic immediately, if you suspect any mould or fungal infestation in your car AC.
As we all have experienced at some point of our life, getting the AC of a car is tedious task because we have to send our cars to the mechanic for at least one or two days. This is not only very expensive, but very time consuming too. So, make sure that you keep your car in the best condition possible. Get it serviced on time and donât ignore any warning signs that your AC might be giving you.
Whenever you take your car on a rough and long ride, make sure that you get it serviced from a qualified mechanic afterwards. Ask the mechanic to put emphasis on the A/C compressor and its other parts.