How Do I Know if My Car AC is Bad? Poor Cooling, Loss of Air, Vehicle Leaking Water & More

Summer in Texas is brutal. The combination of high humidity and heat demands that a car have air conditioning. When the car’s air conditioner goes out, you have no choice but to roll down the windows and hope for the best. For long trip driving without air conditioning, the result can become life threatening for young children, the elderly, and for pets. It is important to maintain your vehicle’s air conditioning system and seek repairs when it shows signs of failing. Top Notch Body Shop & Mechanic would like to cover what signs you’ll see in your car when air conditioning failure occurs.

Poor Cooling

If your vehicle has poor cooling throughout all of the vents throughout the entire vehicle, you may have low refrigerant. If all of the vents are affected, then there isn’t a clog or blocked vents. This often points to a sign of low refrigerant. However, like the air conditioning system in your home, refrigerant doesn’t get used up like a fuel source does. If you have low refrigerant levels in your vehicle, you have a leak. You will need to have the leak located and repaired to ensure you stay cool while you are on the road.

Loss of Air

If you do not have any air coming into the car there could be one of a few different problems. There may be a problem with the vehicle’s ventilation fan or there may be a loose hose. No air conditioning could also be due to an accumulation of dust, dirt, or mold in the air conditioning system such as the air filter. The vehicle evaporator could also be dirty. To determine why your air conditioner is not producing any air will require an inspection of the cooling system.

Strange Odors

When you run your air conditioner and you notice a bad odor wafting through the air vents, this could be a sign of mold growth or bacteria in the cabin filter. Bad odors are not good and need to be investigated. The presence of bad odors can lead to exposure to mold or bacteria and a future problem with your air conditioner.

Vehicle Leaking Water

It is normal during the summer for a car to develop some condensation and drip some water. However, leaks inside the cabin is not a good sign. If water is leaking inside the cabin this often points to a blockage in the air conditioner’s drain. If it is left unchecked, this can lead to a much bigger and more expensive problem.

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When you notice that the air conditioner in your vehicle is failing, do not wait until it completely fails before getting the air conditioner repaired. Texas is a hot and humid state and driving in the dead of summer can lead to heat exhaustion or even a heat stroke. Keep your air conditioner properly maintained and seek repair or air conditioning replacement when they wear down. For air conditioning repairs and other auto mechanical and body shop services, contact Top Notch Body Shop & Mechanic and make an appointment for your vehicle today.

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