Air Conditioning & Heating
How To Operate And Care For Your Auto Air Conditioning System?
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?
Things to Check Under the Hood
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 Texas Auto Lube, 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 circulating refrigerant.
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.
Things To Check Inside The Truck
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, Texas Auto Lube offers an evaporator cleaning procedure to eliminate the smell.
If you discover a problem with your truck’s A/C, take the vehicle to Texas Auto Lube.