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9 Tips To Keep Your Vehicle's Air Conditioning Effective For The Summer

Tips To Keep Your Vehicle's Air Conditioning Effective For The Summer

It's that time of year again. The mercury is rising, the sun is beating down, and you're looking for any way to stay cool. Fortunately, your car's air conditioning system can be a lifesaver on hot summer days. But just like any other part of your vehicle, it needs to be properly maintained to continue working effectively. Here are our 9 Top Tips to keep your A/C blowing cold air all summer long.

Clean or Change the Air Filter

A clogged or dirty air filter will restrict airflow to the evaporator, causing the system to work harder and less efficiently. Over time, this can lead to damage to other components in the system. AP Autocare can check your car's air filter and clean or replace it as needed.

Inspect the Drive Belt for Cracks or Fraying

The drive belt in your car's air conditioning system helps power the compressor. If the belt is cracked or frayed, it can cause the compressor to work less efficiently, leading to decreased cooling power. Ensure you have the drive belt inspected periodically and have it replaced if necessary.

Check for Leaks

Over time, seals and hoses can develop leaks, which can lead to decreased cooling power and less efficiency. Have a professional like AP Autocare check your system for leaks at least once a year and replace any damaged parts as necessary.

Keep it Clean

The A/C system in your car relies on airflow to function properly, so anything that blocks or restricts airflow can cause problems. Make sure the vents in your dash are clear of debris, and if you have an external condenser unit (usually located behind the radiator), clean with soap and water periodically or have your annual air conditioning check and service done with AP Autocare who will take care of all of this for you.

Recharge the Refrigerant Levels

The refrigerant level in your A/C system should be checked periodically by a professional mechanic, as low levels can decrease cooling power and efficiency. If it does need a recharge, don't try to do it yourself; only specially trained individuals should handle this task, as improper charging could damage your A/C unit beyond repair. Instead, call a qualified technician who will be able to recover any lost refrigerant and recharge the system safely. Book in for your annual Air Conditioning Check with AP Autocare on 0117 963 8916.

Check Coolant Levels and Conditions

Low coolant levels or a coolant leak can cause your car's air conditioning system to malfunction. Make sure your coolant levels are checked regularly and keep an eye out for any leaks. If you do find a leak, have it repaired by a professional as soon as possible.

Don't Pre-cool your Car

A common mistake people make when using their car's air conditioning is trying to pre-cool the vehicle before they get in on really hot days. This can actually put a strain on the system and decrease its overall efficiency. Instead, wait until you're inside the car to turn on the A/C. Once it's running, open all the windows for a minute or two to help remove any hot air that's accumulated inside the car.

Set to the Coldest Setting

If you want your car's air conditioning to be effective, set it to the coldest setting initially. Doing this will help remove any hot air that's accumulated inside the cabin more quickly and efficiently.

Don't Use the A/C Recirculation Setting Initially

One mistake that people often make when using their car's air conditioning is to turn on the recirculation setting without also opening the windows. This can cause the A/C to work less efficiently and can even cause your back seat passengers to become nauseous from the stagnant, recycled air. If you have back-seat passengers, be sure to open the windows for at least a few minutes before turning on the recirculation setting.

Don't Forget About A/C Maintenance

Just like any other system in your vehicle, your car's air conditioning system needs to be properly maintained to continue working effectively. Be sure to check for leaks regularly, keep the vents clear of debris, and recharge the refrigerant levels as needed. You should also clean or change the air filter monthly and inspect the drive belts for cracks or fraying periodically. AP Autocare offers many different services for your vehicle's air conditioning. Book in today for its annual service. 

Know the Signs of a Worn Compressor

One of the most important components in your car is the air compressor. If the compressor malfunctions, the entire system will not work. That's why it's important to know the signs of a worn compressor so you can have it replaced before it causes any major problems.

A sign that your compressor is starting to fail is decreased cooling power-strange noises coming from the A/C unit leaks around the A/C unit-increased engine temperature

If you notice any of these symptoms, be sure to take your car to a professional for service as soon as possible. Ignoring a problem with your compressor could lead to much more extensive and expensive repairs down the line.

Annual Service

Your car's air conditioning system needs yearly service in order to continue working effectively. Be sure to check for leaks regularly, keep the vents clear of debris, and recharge the refrigerant levels as needed. You should also clean or change the air filter monthly and inspect the drive belts for cracks or fraying periodically.

Book a Full A/C service from a Professional Garage

If you want to keep your car's air conditioning system in top shape, it's important to have it serviced by a professional on a regular basis. A full A/C service will include an inspection of all the components, a check of the refrigerant levels, and a recharge if necessary. This will help ensure that your system is operating at peak efficiency and can help avoid costly repairs down the road.

Keeping Your Vehicle's Air Conditioning Effective For The Summer

By following these simple tips, you can keep your car's air conditioning running effectively for years to come. Remember to check the air filter monthly, inspect the drive belts periodically, and keep an eye on coolant levels and leaks. You should also avoid pre-cooling your car and turn on the recirculation setting only when necessary. Lastly, don't forget to have a full A/C service done by a professional every few years to keep your system in top condition.

AP Autocare Expert Air Conditioning Service

If you are experiencing any problem with your air conditioning and live in the Bristol area, then contact us today on 0117 963 8916 to get it booked in for a check with us. 

We recommend an aircon service for your vehicle every two years to recharge the refrigerant and check for any damages which need repairing. Aser vice will keep it in effective working order and you know you will always have your air-conditioning working on those unexpected hot days.

At AP Autocare we offer a wide range of services and are always happy to help. Common air-con areas we regularly deal with include:

  • Repairs to R1234a and R1234yf systems
  • Hot air blowing from Air conditioning system
  • Bad odours from air vents
  • Broken pipes
  • Leaking condensers and evaporators
  • Faulty compressors or compressor clutch pulleys
  • Diagnostics for faulty AC control modules or air quality sensors
  • 12 months parts and labour guarantee

To book an appointment for an airconditioning repair or service please call us on 0117 963 8916.

Published: Tuesday 12th April 2022