Date: 7/8/2016 4:24 AM UTC
Summer is here. Summer has been here. Summer means fun
in the sun and, if you're lucky, fun at water parks or amusement parks.
When it comes to the dog days of summer, one of those last bastions of
hope we have on those hottest of days is our car. You rush from the work
place to our car that has been sitting there with the sun beating down
on it. After unlocking it, you sit down in the car and feel the heat
radiate from the small convection oven with an engine, and you start it
up. You crank the AC all the way to the blue and kick the fans up to
max, and you wait for the sweet sweet ice air to come flowing.
Only, sometimes it doesn't. The oasis of your car's air conditioning has turned out to be a mirage.
conditioning systems are fickle beasts. There are so many little issues
that can balloon to huge problems with the AC system in your car. One
of the more frustrating aspects of this often overlooked system is that
there are no real warning lights to alert you to an AC problem. Oil
problem? There's a light for that. Low on gas? There's a light for that.
Mysterious engine problem? Yup, there's a light for that, too. But,
there's no indication that your AC system is on the fritz until it's too
Weak airflow is one of the more
common symptoms you will experience. Once it blew strong, and now it
just kinda gently brushes you with air. A loose hose is often the
culprit and can be an easy fix. Sometimes, the ventilation fan is
broken. If the fan isn't blowing, air wont flow well. Worst case,
however, is if seal/seals have come open. AC systems are very sensitive
and self contained, and must remain sealed. Once they're opened, the
entire system is compromised.
Not blowing as cold
There are many reasons why an AC system can
stop blowing ice. Having your AC system inspected as soon as you notice a
drop in cold can mean the difference between a small repair or a large
one. Freon may have leaked due to a failed o-ring, seal, or hose. There
might be a clogged hose somewhere. The compressor or blower motor may
have failed, or there might even be a vacuum leak. Leaks can be
absolutely devastating. When an AC system develops a leak, you have an
"open system" meaning moisture and other particulate matter can enter
the system and wreak havoc. If the leak is caught early, it will be less
expensive to repair.
Starts out cool, then gets warm
This problem is never an easy one
to answer. The best bet would be to have your AC system inspected to
determine what the underlying issue is. You may have a clogged valves, a
faulty compressor clutch, a dreaded leak, or even a blown fuse. This
particular problem, however, isn't just limited to those possible
My AC smells like a gym locker
Even if it's blowing
cold, an AC system that is blowing the odor of smelly feet at you is
never pleasant. Having your system inspected for mold and mildew could
help get to the bottom of the problem.
Why does an AC system fail?
Age and moisture, simple enough.
Father time is undefeated, and that notion extends into the various
systems of our vehicles. Rubber seals and hoses lose their elasticity
over time, resulting in a bevy of problems. Moisture, however, is the
death knell for your AC system. Water, when mixed with the refrigerant
in your system, creates a destructive corrosive acid. If moisture makes
it into the system, it could damage many components and result in the
complete failure of the AC system.
Take advantage of our current service promotion
and have your AC system fully inspected for performance and pressure!
Don't take a chance on your cold air during these hot days!