What’s Wrong With My Car’s AC

It may seem like summer is drawing to a close, but those crisp fall temperatures are still a ways away. It’s certainly still too warm to drive around without a working air conditioner! Let’s look at a few possible reasons your AC might now be working.

Is Your AC Blowing Hot Air?

You’ve turned the thermostat all the way down and turned the fan all the way up. No matter how long you leave the AC running, your only reward is a blast of hot air in the face. Your car might be leaking refrigerant. Check for any puddles where you’ve parked your vehicle. Since refrigerant cycles throughout the AC system, you’ll likely need professional help to determine the source of any leaks.

Hot air could also be a sign that there’s an issue with your compressor. The compressor is responsible for pressurizing the coolant and cycling it throughout your car’s AC system. If it begins to fail, the compressor may also start making noises such as clicking, squealing, or grinding.

Is Your AC Not Blowing At All?

Perhaps you’ve turned your fan up all the way, but there’s no detectable breeze blowing from the vents. Low airflow points to an issue with your AC blower motor. Sometimes the fan may work at certain speeds but not at others, and you may hear odd noises that get louder as you try turning the fan higher.

Another possible cause is a clogged cabin air filter. This filter removes impurities from the air entering the cabin. You may notice both a decrease in airspeed from your vents as well as an odd smell. Be sure to replace the cabin filter every 30,000 miles to keep your car’s occupants comfortable and healthy.

Make an appointment with Auto Repair Technology today if your car’s air conditioner is not keeping you cool. We will diagnose the issue, make the necessary repairs, and get you back on the road safe and comfortable.

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