AUTOMOTIVE AIR CONDITIONING SERVICES
With summer’s warmer temperatures and longer vacation driving just around the corner, we suggest that you get your car into an independent repair facility for automotive air conditioning services. Even if everything seems fine now, it’s still important to schedule regular maintenance at DRIVE AutoCare. You may not be aware but your car’s heating system is also responsible for cooling your car’s engine on hot days and the air conditioning system plays a vital role during the colder months as well. If you ignore these performance issues it can lead to expensive repairs down the line.
Here are some things go consider:
THE HEATER KEEP THE ENGINES COOL
It might sound strange, but the engine’s cooling system is directly related to the heating system. Your engine produces heat during operation and while most of it is expelled through the exhaust system, the remaining heat must be dissipated. A mixture of water and antifreeze circulating through the engine block and radiator releases the excess heat into the atmosphere and on cold days that heat is also redirected into the car to provide warmth for you and your passengers. Without a properly functioning heating system, your engine could overheat.
AIR CONDITIONING HELPS DEFROST WINDSHIELDS
On chilly winter mornings when your windshield has a pesky layer of fog or frost, your air conditioning system is pulling humidity out of the air to defrost and defog the windshield. If you notice defogging issues on cooler “June gloom” mornings, you should consider recharging the A/C system or have your mechanic check for leaks and damage.
KEEP YOUR SYSTEM IN GOOD WORKING ORDER TO REDUCES RISK OF COMPRESSOR FAILURE
Unlike the furnace in your house, your car’s heating system does not involve a central heating unit that can be simply replaced. The system is actually a combination of components including the blower fan, thermostat, and heater core, which is usually located in difficult to reach areas under the dashboard and can take days to repair. Regular maintenance includes checking hoses and belts and ensuring the antifreeze is clean and filled to proper levels. Regular maintenance will help keep the whole system in good working order.
The compressor is the most important component of your car’s air conditioning system, so it’s no surprise that it’s also the most expensive part to repair or replace. Regular maintenance ensures proper refrigerant and lubrication levels, which reduces the risk of premature compressor failure. Also, the most common air conditioning system problems involve minor issues like blockages or leaks, which are much easier to deal with if caught early during regular maintenance. And as an added bonus, regular A/C maintenance can also improve your car’s fuel efficiency
HEATING AND A/C SYSTEM MAINTENANCE HELPS KEEP YOU HEALTHY
As part of any regular maintenance routine for your car’s heating and air conditioning systems, mechanics will check your cabin air filter and replace it if needed. Cabin air filters trap pollen, bacteria, dust, and exhaust fumes before the air reaches your dashboard vents and pollutes the air you and your passengers breathe. Dirty or clogged filters can cause a variety of problems, from musty odors to headaches, allergic reactions, or breathing problems from the fumes, so it’s crucial to replace the filter before it gets that bad.