The modern car air conditioning system actually got its start way back in 1933, with Packard being the first manufacturer to offer air conditioning in late 1939. Back then, it was considered a luxury, but today it is almost a necessity. The repair and service of the modern air conditioning system is best left to the professionals, but there are still some things that you should know about the A/C system in your car:
- If you notice any odd smells coming from your car’s vents, it could be bacteria built up in the A/C system. This bacteria could lead to mold and can be hazardous to your health causing headaches and even flu-like symptoms.
- Using your A/C system throughout the year will help keep it maintained. We’re not saying to crank the A/C in the winter until your fingers fall off, just to run the system periodically to keep it well lubricated. The refrigerant in the system carries a special oil with it as it travels through the compressor and various other A/C system components. This oil is what lubricates the components and keeps them running smoothly. This will also help prevent leaks by keeping the O-rings from drying out.
- Your A/C system might need recharged if it is not as cold as it used to be. Maybe it is still cold but not as cold or maybe you don’t have any cooling at all, either way, you might be in need of a refrigerant charge. Even modern A/C system will lose about 15% of its refrigerant every year, this could be from lack of use or even bad O-rings. Even if your car’s air conditioning system is working fine, you should still have it looked at periodically. This could prevent any future issues from becoming major repair bills. There are serviceable components in your A/C system and these components should not be ignored.
- Odd or abnormal noises should be taken care of right away. Any time you hear abnormal noises coming from your A/C system, you know it isn’t good. Don’t put off a vital repair that your A/C system needs. If caught early enough, even the loudest, most horrible sounds can be repaired quickly and easily. If the problem is allowed to persist, other components could be damaged.
- A puddle of clear water underneath your car while your air conditioning is on is completely normal. Many times, people will see this puddle and assume it is a leak and their car needs repair. This puddle of clear water is a result of condensation caused by the A/C evaporator.
- Sometimes you may see excessive moisture inside the car. Don’t be alarmed, it is usually an easy fix. The drain tube from the evaporator may have become clogged or might be disconnected. This will cause condensation to build up and cause your carpets to be damp or maybe you will even see mist in the air requiring a simple, low cost servicing.
- You should have your refrigerant recharged every two years as a general rule of maintenance. A routine service of your car’s A/C system will keep it running smoothly and it will provide much needed cold air on even the hottest days.
Bring your car to GIC Car Clinic in San Jose, California today and have your air conditioning serviced before the weather gets hot. You will be glad that you did.