Keep Your Car’s Air Conditioning in Top Shape
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 as 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 Kwik Kar Lube & Tune, ask the technician to show you where the belt and compressor are located.
Air Conditioning Condenser
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, airflow 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.