How do I maintain my car’s air conditioning system?

Heatwaves are becoming more common, making road trips uncomfortable if your car’s air conditioning isn’t working. A working air conditioner can help you beat the heat! Did you know that this valuable system requires regular maintenance? In this blog post, your OCTO Auto Service Plus family mechanic explains how to maintain your air conditioner properly.

Make sure your air conditioner is inspected annually

Like your car’s suspension or brakes, your air conditioner consists of various components that wear out over time. That’s why it’s a good idea to have your air conditioner professionally inspected at least once a year, ideally before summer. Your mechanic can detect whether the pollen filter, compressor belt or condenser grille need to be cleaned or replaced. This prevents unexpected breakdowns and expensive repairs.

Replace your refrigerant every two years

Air conditioning systems use a refrigerant that absorbs heat to cool the cabin. Just like you check and change your car’s engine oil, keeping an eye on this cooling liquid is also essential. Make sure it’s filled to the right level and hasn’t deteriorated. You should replace your refrigerant every two years to ensure your air conditioner continues working as intended. Remember, refrigerant is a toxic and volatile liquid that should only be handled by a professional.

Pay attention to warning signs

Various signs may indicate a malfunction in your air-conditioning system. For instance, if you notice an unpleasant smell when you turn on the system, if the windshield constantly fogs up or if the air is taking longer than usual to cool, you should make an appointment with a mechanic to fix the situation as soon as possible. If you suspect a leak or breakage, stop using the air conditioner until it has been inspected.

Adopt a simple habit

When you turn off your air conditioner, the previously cooled and dehumidified air in the evaporator becomes partly liquid. Once you’ve finished driving and switched off your engine, you should run the fan for a few minutes to dry out the evaporator to prevent the risk of mould or corrosion.

You can rely on OCTO’s expertise!

Do you need to have your air conditioner inspected, maintained or repaired? Your nearest OCTO Auto Service Plus family mechanic is there for you. Request an appointment to stay cool all summer long.

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