Auto Air Conditioning - Keep Your Auto Air Conditioning in Top Shape
You always expect your auto air conditioning to work when you turn on the switch, but did you know that there are several things you can do yourself to keep the air conditioning system in top shape?
A drive belt makes the air conditioning
compressor turn, and that keeps the cooling refrigerant circulating like
it should. If the belt is worn, stretched or cracked it can slip or
break — which stops the compressor. When that happens, circulation
stops and the air conditioner quits cooling.
The drive belt and compressor are sometimes hard to find, especially in newer vehicles with covers and components that hide them. The next time you take the vehicle to Just7 Lube & Tune , ask the technician to show you where the belt and compressor are located.
The radiator. Refrigerant runs through the
condenser and air flows across its cooling fins, removing heat from the
If the fins become damaged or plugged up with debris, air flow is restricted, and that means heat isn’t removed properly. Restriction can also cause the vehicle to overheat. Check the fins periodically to make sure they are clean and in good condition.
There aren’t any visual checks to perform inside the truck, but there are some signs to watch for that will alert you to developing problems.
You can reduce the buildup of mold and mildew
by turning the A/C recirculation switch off when you park the truck. If
your vehicle doesn’t have a recirculation switch, turn the A/C switch
away from the “Max Air” position every time you shut the engine off.
Some vehicles will still develop a musty odor, Just7 Lube & Tune offer an evaporator cleaning procedure to eliminate the smell.
If you discover a problem with your truck’s A/C, take the vehicle to Just7 Lube & Tune.