Auto air conditioning is essential for your comfort during the hot summer months. Trouble with your vehicle’s air conditioner may not be as urgent as brake repairs, but there’s no denying that this is one problem you shouldn’t wait to get addressed. What’s going on when your auto air conditioning isn’t working properly? The team at Smyth Automotive, Inc. in Cincinnati, OH, has the answers.
Making an Initial Diagnosis
To help diagnose your problem, try running your auto air conditioning normally. Listen for unusual noises and pay attention to changes in airflow. Be mindful of how the air coming from the vents feels—is it always warm, or does it intermittently blow cold air?
Unusual smells and low airflow are often connected to a dirty air filter, and a replacement will be enough to fix the issue. Sometimes, poor airflow can even be caused by leaves or dirt blocking the condenser. Unusual noises and a lack of cold air are often linked to more advanced issues.
Unusual noises during operation typically indicate a serious problem with your system’s compressor. If airflow problems are also present when you turn on the heat, you will likely need to replace your blower motor.
A refrigerant leak is likely to be the culprit behind a lack of cold air. Oily residue isn’t always immediately noticeable on the ground or the system’s hoses. If you suspect a leak, a specialized detection kit will help you find the source of the problem. Patching or replacing the leaking area and refilling your refrigerant will get your system working properly again.
Once you’ve discovered the source of your auto air conditioning problem, you can purchase the right OEM or aftermarket car parts you need to handle the repairs. With over 50 years in business, Smyth Automotive, Inc. offers an impressive selection of quality parts to help you get the job done. Visit them online or call (513) 528-2800 to learn more about their AC products. For more tips and tricks, tune into Smyth Automotive's podcasts for all devices. You can also follow them on Facebook and Twitter for more posts and information!