How To Know if Your Vehicle’s Air Conditioning System is Broken?

A car's a/c dial
Summer in Canada is the official road trip season in Canada. It is that time of the year when you go out to different places and enjoy a fun trip with your friends and family. If you’re also planning to hit the road, there are many important things you need to ensure to avoid last-minute hiccups, and this primarily includes making sure all the vital components of your vehicle are in proper working condition. To begin with, the highly skilled technicians at S&B Keswick Motors are focusing on your vehicle’s air conditioning system because you wouldn’t want to struggle in the scorching heat with a broken A/C on your road trip. There are a few common signs that you can keep an eye on and check for yourself whether there’s a problem with the A/C or not. Keep reading to learn about those and discover how to prevent such last-minute car air-conditioning problems. 

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Top Signs of Car A/C Problems 

  • Poor Air Flow: If you notice little air coming out from the air vents when you turn on the A/C, this could be because of a leakage in the system. Coolant fluid leakage can lead to even more serious air conditioning problems. 
  • Unpleasant Odours: A foul smell is one of the most common and clear signs of car air conditioning problems. The primary cause for this is the condensation getting collected somewhere, and if you fail to address this problem, this can grow to mildew or mould, causing further damage to the system. 
  • Unable to Feel Cold Air: Another common sign of malfunctioning A/C is that no cool air comes through when you switch on the system. Things that could cause this problem include damaged fans, clogged vents or a lack of refrigerant. 
  • Leaking Dashboard: If you notice a water stain on your car mats, this indicates that the dashboard is leaking. The clear reason behind this leakage is a clogged hose, which fails to prevent water from sipping out. If you don’t address this problem at the earliest, it could further lead to severe damage. 

How to Prevent Common A/C Problems 

You can take various preventive measures to bypass experiencing such common air conditioning problems this summer, which is why we have put together a list of things you can do ahead of time to enjoy your upcoming road trip. 

  • Keep up with the refrigerant, charge it when necessary 
  • Run the A/C unit once every week for at least 10 minutes, even in winter
  • Use the defrost mode and the coolest A/C setting for at least 10 minutes to avoid mould and mildew buildup
  • Be mindful of any leakage and get it fixed ahead of time

Make an appointment with S&B Keswick Motors, today, and one of our highly experienced technicians will look over your car to figure out potential problems with the air conditioning unit or any other system to fix the problem ahead of time.