It is finally summer. Time for road trips and getting out of the house. However, you might notice that your vehicle’s air conditioning is not as cold as it used to be — or it is no longer cold at all.
Aside from feeling luxurious, air conditioning can actually work to keep you safe in your car. To learn more about what to do if your air conditioning is not working properly, and the role it can play in your safety while you drive, read on.
Air Conditioning And Vehicular Safety
Air conditioning is generally considered to be a comfort-based aspect of your car. However, how can working air conditioning actually play an important role in keeping you safe on the road?
The reason air conditioning can keep you safe during summer heat is that due to the greenhouse effect, the temperature inside of a car can spike. As a result, the car’s internal temperature can be a danger for you and your passengers.
With summers getting hotter and hotter, it is not only important that you attend to your air conditioning for comfort, but safety as well. If you notice your air conditioning is not working properly, here are a few steps you can take.
You Might Need a Recharge
If your air conditioning is not as cold as it used to be or it fluctuates in temperature, you might need an air conditioning “recharge.” This simply means that refrigerant is added to your car’s cooling system.
However, this might just be a temporary fix if there are other problems. Since the air conditioning system is closed, needing to add more refrigerant might indicate that there is another problem.
Other Possible Issues
If a recharge does not completely fix your problem, one of the following might be the cause of your malfunctioning air conditioning.
Leakage. If your cooling system has a leak, you might be losing refrigerant. As a result, a professional will need to run a test to find any leaks in the system.
Condenser. Sometimes dust and dirt can block the condenser — the component that pressurizes the refrigerant so it can be evaporated.
Compressor. If the condenser is not blocked, it could simply not be working at all. This is common if it has not been used for an extended period.
Motor fan. The air conditioning can be working properly, but the fan might not be working properly. Even if the fan is spinning, buildup of dirt on the fan blades can obstruct cool air from reaching you.
One can see that there are a number of components to the air conditioning system of your car, and any one of them can cause your cooling system to break down. The best thing to do in these situations is to have a professional examine the vehicle.
What To Do Next
If your air conditioning is working improperly (or not working at all), having a professional recharge and/or examine your car is the best course of action. Nobody wants to be without air conditioning for the summer — especially when it comes to safety.
To get started fixing your air conditioning, contact us at Living the Dream Auto Care. Simply schedule an appointment online or call (339) 237-5151.