Myths and Facts of Car Air Conditioning

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When it comes to your car's air conditioning system, the age-old adage of "If it ain't broke, don't fix it" doesn't quite apply. Just like your vehicle itself, your car's air conditioner requires regular servicing to ensure optimal performance. Surprisingly, many mechanics believe that as long as your AC system is blowing cold air, it's in perfect working order, and there's no need for concern. However, the reality is that routine maintenance, including filter replacements and oil changes, is essential to keep your system running smoothly. 

If you encounter strange noises, insufficient cooling, or warm air blowing from your vents, it's crucial to have your car's air conditioning thoroughly inspected to prevent potential damage to other vehicle components. As a general rule, scheduling air conditioning service every 2 to 3 years is a wise practice.

FACT: Maintenance Matters

Your car's air conditioner relies on several filters to function effectively. Some of these filters help keep the cabin air clean and should be replaced annually, depending on your location, while another filter cleans the refrigerant gas and should be replaced every 2 to 3 years. Similar to an oil filter in your engine, these filters play a vital role in maintaining peak performance for your car air conditioning system.

Professional Inspection for Peace of Mind

Depending on your car's make and model, it's advisable to have your vehicle undergo a thorough analysis by a trusted service like Mideast Car Air Conditioning Repair if you encounter any issues with your AC system.

Eco-Friendly Practices

We all have a responsibility to protect the environment, and Mideast Car Air Conditioning Melbourne is committed to doing its part. We exclusively use environmentally friendly refrigerants for car air conditioning to minimize our impact on the planet.

FACT: Use Sparingly for Fuel Savings

Using your car's air conditioning system only when necessary can save you fuel. If the weather isn't excessively hot or cold, turning off your AC system will help keep money in your pocket.

However, it's essential to note that prolonged periods of inactivity can cause your air conditioning system to malfunction when summer arrives. This is because the oil, primarily stored in the compressor, circulates and lubricates the system during operation. Without regular use, seals can dry out, causing refrigerant gas to leak, rendering your air conditioner ineffective. Therefore, it's recommended to run your air conditioner for at least 5 minutes per week to maintain its functionality.

MYTH: Hot Air Issues Just Require A Refrigerant Recharge

If your car's air conditioning system is blowing hot air, a quick refrigerant recharge might not always be the solution. Potential problems could include a blown air conditioning fuse or faulty connections within the system, requiring a diagnosis and repair.

It's a common misconception that a simple refrigerant recharge will fix all air conditioning issues. Your car's air conditioning system comprises five major components, in addition to pipes, hoses, and an electrical system with wires, fuses, relays, temperature probes, a thermostat or thermistor, and an onboard computer. All of these components must be inspected for leaks, and the system's functionality must be tested to ensure it delivers the correct outlet temperature from your vents.

Your vehicle's air conditioner is an integral part of its climate control system, alongside the heater. If your heater is not completely deactivated, either through the blend door or heater tap (depending on your climate control system), your air conditioner and heater may compete with each other, with the heater often winning. This can be another reason why your air conditioner seems to be blowing hot air.

Contact us at Mideast Radiators & Car Air Conditioning to discuss your car's heating and cooling.