MAINTAINING YOUR AIR CONDITIONING SYSTEM MEANS THAT YOU ALWAYS HAVE ENOUGH REFRIGERANT TO PROPERLY DO THE JOB.
Small leaks in the vehicle’s air conditioning system allow the refrigerant to escape and the system can’t cool the air as well.
Keepin Cool recommends that you regularly check your vehicles air conditioner system.
The obvious faults which are associated with an Air Conditioning systems breaking down are:
- The drive belt tension.
- Blocked air flow through the Condenser and Radiator.
- Visible signs of Refrigerant OIL stain at the compressor, hoses, pipes or fittings.
- Loose or faulty compressor mounting brackets.
- Service port caps missing.
Here are some simple ways you can check on your vehicle’s air conditioning system periodically and be more proactive in recognizing any problems:
- Run the air conditioner once a week for about ten minutes: This will maintain gas pressure to keep the compressor working properly. When you do this, be sure to turn it to its highest fan speed and coolest setting.
- Run defrost mode for about five to ten minutes: This prevents mildew and cleans out excessive moisture, which can lead to unsavory odors in your car.
- Use your air conditioner in winter: In addition to cooling your vehicle, one of the air conditioner’s primary functions is to remove humidity from the cabin. It works especially well when you need to remove fog from the windshield to improve visibility.
- Re-charge your air conditioning system: Every two years refresh the cooling system with gas and lubricant.
- Get a full air conditioning service: Head to your local tire and service center every two years before the hottest months of the year begin.