Posted on May 16, 2020
A properly working air conditioning unit is a very important thing to have in your car, especially during the summer months. With all of the windows rolled up, the inside of a vehicle can sometimes get between 30 and 70 degrees warmer than the outside temperature. While rolling the windows down while driving can help you from getting too hot, nothing can compare to the amount of cool comfort that an air conditioner can bring to the driver and passengers of the vehicle.
The most obvious way to know if the AC in your car is broken is if it stops blowing out cold air. However, sometimes, the AC unit in your car will actually give you a few clues that it is going out before it completely stops working.
If you turn on your AC and you hear a strange sound coming from the unit or smell a foul odour, that could be a sign that your AC is about to go out. Sometimes, a strange rattling sound can indicate that there is debris or dust in your system, or it could be that a component in the unit is breaking. Either way, it should be checked out immediately. Any type of debris could cause your AC unit to become clogged and not work properly
Another sign that could indicate there is a problem with the AC unit is if you start to see water stains on the front floorboard of the vehicle. If you have ever noticed a pool of water under your car in the summer, this is caused by your AC draining and is completely normal. However, if you don't see any water under your car, and instead, see water inside of your vehicle, this could indicate that the unit has become clogged and the water is not able to properly drain, causing it to get backed up and flow into your car.
There are several different things that can cause the AC in your car to suddenly go out. If your car is still blowing air when you turn on the unit, but it is not cold, then you may just need to put a refrigerant, like freon, in your AC unit.
You may be able to find a can of freon by shopping around online. However, if you do not know what you are doing, it can be very dangerous. In fact, some areas require you to have a license to even buy freon.
Freon is very cold and could injure you if it touches your skin, and the can of freon can be very combustible. Also, when freon is sprayed into the air, it can be dangerous to the environment. It is always suggested that you have a knowledgeable automobile technician to check your freon levels and add any if needed.
There are other components, like the condenser and compressor, that may need to be replaced in order to get your AC up and running again. Replacing these vital parts will also require an experienced technician.
At Eastside Kia, we have a full team of experienced and knowledgeable technicians in our service department. If you think that your car's AC may need to be repaired, contact us today to schedule an appointment to get a free estimate on your car AC repair.
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