Tips for Maintaining Your Car’s Air Conditioning
Shropshire, England doesn’t exactly have a reputation for having reliable climates; yet on average the hottest month in summer and coldest month is January. Air conditioning remains one of the most popular features on modern cars – most medium to large models as well as many smaller vehicles have this feature. While many motorists take advantage of air conditioning, few understand how it works or how best to maintain it.
However, to maximize the performance of your in-car air conditioning system, it is beneficial to take some simple steps for maintenance and to keep your car comfortably cool during warmer weather:
Keep the windows closed and let the cool air in!
On hot days, it may be tempting to open your car windows while driving in order to keep the interior as cool as possible. Unfortunately, doing so could make your air conditioning system work less efficiently which means using up coolant and fuel more quickly – with little benefits in terms of temperature regulation in your car.
Run Your Air Con Weekly.
On a weekly basis, turn on the air conditioning and let it run for around 10 minutes. Set the temperature to the coolest setting and the fan speed to its fastest setting; this will help maintain optimal gas pressure in your system and keep the compressor functioning optimally, decreasing the risk of mechanical issues developing.
If your car’s air conditioning has a defrost setting, it is beneficial to run this for 10 minutes each week to help remove moisture and prevent mildew build-up. With fresher air conditioning that emits less unpleasant odors on journeys, you will experience greater comfort and pleasure during each journey.
Many issues with car air conditioning systems are caused by low levels of refrigerant, or coolant, that cools the air before distribution throughout your vehicle. Refrigerant (also known as coolant) diminishes over time and must be replenished periodically (known as’recharging’). Your car’s air conditioning coolant likely has a recommended recharge interval – usually every two to three years – so check its service manual or handbook for details.
Monitoring the amount of coolant left between recharges is important for two reasons. If it gets too low, a vehicle technician may have to drain and refill it completely, adding extra time and expense. Secondly, if refrigerant levels drop suddenly, there may be an air conditioning leak which requires further investigation and repair. Since coolants contain hazardous substances that affect our environment, any leak must be addressed promptly and thoroughly.
Maintain a clean car with healthy air conditioning.
Over time, bacteria can build up in the innermost workings of a car’s air conditioning system. To keep your vehicle’s interior spick and span, regularly cleaning, dusting and vacuuming will help prevent dirt from accumulating. A full anti-bacterial clean of the air conditioning system will also keep your car fresh and odourless.
Stay on track with your service schedule.
Finally, make sure you follow the instructions in your car manual for timely servicing of the air conditioning system, in order to maintain its performance and give yourself a cool cabin on long summer journeys.