Auto AC Service & Repair In Louisville, KY
It’s never fun when your vehicle’s air conditioning goes on the fritz. There could be several reasons when your system stops working. When your air conditioning goes out, head to Oxmoor Ford to get your car back on track.
What’s Wrong With My Air Conditioner?
When a car’s air conditioning goes out, it’s difficult to ignore. You may let that strange noise stick around for a couple of months (you shouldn’t, though), and a cracked headlamp might wait for a few paydays, but a broken air conditioner is immediately uncomfortable. Whether you’re sweating through your work clothes or sticking your head out of the window to get some air, faulty air conditioners are never a good experience.
Here are a few possible causes for your busted air conditioner and what we can do to help you make your vehicle comfortable again:
One of the most common causes of faulty air conditioners is leaking refrigerant. Refrigerant is a gas that is supposed to cool the air that’s sent into your car’s cabin. There are a few places where your vehicle’s refrigerant may leak: hoses, compressors, condensers, and seals are common culprits.
However, refrigerant can leave a healthy air conditioning system as well. Your vehicle’s system may not have a leak — it may just need a refrigerant recharge. A trustworthy dealership service shop can identify if, where, and how your refrigerant is leaking to bring your vehicle back up to its most comfortable temperature.
Your refrigerant cools your air, but what cools the refrigerant? Answer: the condenser. Another reason you want to leave air conditioner repairs up to the professionals is that the cause may be difficult to determine. Professional service technicians are trained to analyze these systems and determine the exact cause of your vehicle’s air conditioning troubles.
A vehicle’s condenser takes in the air that comes through the front of your car. This means that condensers are sometimes vulnerable to blockages from dust and debris. The condenser could also just be plainly broken. It could be struck by debris from the road, it could be a faulty factory part, or it could be malfunctioning for any number of reasons.
When a condenser gets blocked or broken, it can’t do its job, and you may be sweating in traffic until you take your vehicle in to get it cleared.
Your vehicle’s air conditioner blower motor is what brings the conditioned air into your cabin. If you can feel hot air instead of cold air coming through your air vents, it may be one of the problems we mentioned above. If you don’t feel any air coming through at all, it might be due to a faulty blower motor.
The blower motor powers a fan that pushes conditioned air through your vehicle’s vents. If it experiences an electrical issue that keeps it from turning on, that conditioned air won’t enter your cabin. The blower motor may also just need to be replaced entirely.
An air conditioner’s compressor pressurizes refrigerant before it’s sent into the condenser. This part of the system is driven by an engine belt. Again, there are quite a few reasons a compressor might go bad. However, one of the most common reasons is disuse. If you haven’t used your air conditioner in a long time, your compressor might be shocked when you try to cool your cabin again. It may be that the engine accessory belt has worn off or slipped and needs to be replaced.
The air conditioner that keeps your cabin cool in the summer is the same as the one that keeps your cabin warm in the winter. If you’re experiencing problems when you try to heat your air, it may be due to an issue with the heater core. This component helps transfer heat from hot engine coolant to the cabin. The heater core may have become clogged with sediment in the cooling system or damaged from general wear and tear.
Winter’s road salt is a double-edged sword. It’s great for helping your vehicle maintain its grip on the road, but it can cause problems with your vehicle’s systems. Salt left to sit on a vehicle’s components can lead to corrosion. It’s important that you get an undercarriage wash after every winter driving season, but sometimes even this isn’t enough to completely stave off corrosion. That winter-induced corrosion just might be the reason you’re sweating through the summer.
Why You Shouldn’t Tough It Out or DIY
Kentucky and Indiana’s summers can be tough without a working air conditioner in your vehicle. While you might be tempted to tough it out to save money, you should only plan to do this if you also plan on never having a working air conditioner again. Without refrigerant or working components, a faulty air conditioning system will simply deteriorate until it requires a bigger fix. This is especially true in older cars that have experienced more wear and tear on their air conditioning systems. Try to get yours fixed sooner rather than later to save more money in the long run.
Trying to take on an air conditioner fix yourself can often be just as detrimental to your system. Unless you’re professionally trained to diagnose and address issues such as these, you run the risk of a misdiagnosis or damaging the fine tunings of your air conditioning system. If you’re not 100% confident in your ability to fix it, you’ll save money by avoiding costly mistakes and letting a professional handle it.
How Oxmoor Toyota Can Help
At Oxmoor Ford, our certified technicians are trained in locating and remedying what ails your vehicle’s air conditioner. They’re also trained to see if what is causing your air conditioner problem indicates a larger issue, such as an air conditioning system that needs to be flushed free of rust or metal particles. Wondering why your car AC isn’t working? Click here to read more about what could be wrong.
If you want to have your vehicle brought back up to snuff, schedule an appointment with our team of licensed technicians at Oxmoor Ford in Louisville, Kentucky.