With temperatures warming up, many drivers find themselves finally turning on their auto air conditioning after months of disuse. While blowing warm air is an apparent sign that something is wrong, there are other factors that could indicate your system needs servicing. Here are a few additional issues you should watch out for.
3 Auto Air Conditioning Problems
1. Weak Airflow
Sometimes, your air conditioning might still be blowing cold air, but the airflow is so weak that it fails to adequately cool your vehicle’s interior. There are several potential causes behind a weaker-than-normal airflow, including mold buildup inside the evaporator, a malfunctioning ventilation fan, or even a damaged hose.
2. Pooling Water
Water is supposed to drain out of the bottom of a vehicle when the air conditioner is running. However, a clogged drain hose can cause this water to back up and pool inside the cabin. Check for water stains or apparent leaks underneath the dashboard or floor mats, which are the most common indicators of such blockages.
3. Unusual Sounds & Smells
Your car’s air conditioner shouldn’t be especially noisy. If rattling, banging, or grinding noises occur when you turn on the air conditioner, internal components likely need to be replaced. The problem could be as minor as a condenser belt or require the replacement of the compressor. Be mindful of foul, musty odors as well, which could indicate unhealthy mold growth or a dirty cabin filter.
If you need to replace part of your auto air conditioning system, turn to Smyth Automotive. With 24 locations serving Kentucky and Ohio for over 50 years, this auto parts store will help you find the right parts for your vehicle. To learn more about their selection of original equipment manufacturer and aftermarket car parts, visit them online or call (513) 528-2800. For more tips and tricks, listen to their podcasts for all devices, or follow them on Facebook and Twitter for more posts and information.