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In general, if your air conditioning system is working properly, it’s probably fine. If you have any trouble signs, it will need to checked and repaired.
During an air conditioning system service, your certified technician will check the condenser to make sure there is no dirt or debris blocking air flow. They’ll check the A/C belt or compressor belt or wear and make sure it’s tight. If it’s too loose or damaged, it will need to be tightened or replaced. They will also check the air filter and the conditioning system to see if it is operating properly.
Your certified technician will also check for any leaks in your A/C system. If they find leaks, they’ll repair the system using recovery and recycling equipment to capture, clean, and reuse refrigerants. Your A/C system will be recharged to factory specs bringing it up to like-new operating performance so you can stay cool on even the hottest day.
Here are a few tips that will help you get the most out of your car’s A/C system.
First, remember that warm air rises and cold air sinks. That means in most cases you’ll want to use the floor vents for the heat. In the warm weather you should use the panel vents for the A/C, and you should adjust them to aim slightly upward. That way the air will circulate better and cool the passenger compartment more quickly.
Once the temperature in the passenger compartment becomes comfortable, don’t just shut the A/C off because you’ll only have to turn it back on in a few minutes. Instead, adjust the temperature slightly and lower the fan speed. That’ll keep it comfortable inside.
To defrost or defog your windows in the winter, the defroster is a good choice. But windows can become fogged on damp summer days, too. On those days, switch to the A/C, set to normal. The A/C system dries the air coming in and will circulate it better than the defroster. Don’t switch to the maximum setting on the A/C to defog your windows. That setting recirculates the air in the passenger compartment so cool, dry air may not reach all the way to the windows. The normal setting works better.
On really hot days, you may want to use the max A/C setting. On most cars max A/C shuts off any coolant flow through the heater core and recycles the air in the passenger compartment instead of trying to cool and dehumidify the outside air. But don’t leave it on max too long. Eventually the air inside will become stuffy and can affect your concentration. Once the system has taken the edge off the heat, switch to normal.
Even if you follow all these tips, you could need to have your air conditioning system serviced. Your A/C technician will check the system thoroughly for leaks, recover and recycle the old refrigerant, repair the system, and recharge it to factory specs as needed. That should bring your car’s A/C system up to like-new operating performance.
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