As we cruise into April, the thing on everyone’s mind is the hot, dry weather arriving. But nothing makes you notice the heat more than when your car’s AC isn’t working properly. Just like planning to get your car ready for the winter, there are a few things you can do to ensure your car’s ready for the summer. A working air conditioning system is at the top of the list.
The Loper’s Performance team wants you to be as cool and comfortable as possible when you’re driving this summer. So in this article, we’ll pinpoint and explain the most common reasons why your car’s AC isn’t heating or cooling properly. And remember: if your car is ever not up to your standards, don’t hesitate to contact us for a free quote to service it.
Mold and Mildew Build-up
Over time, small microorganisms build up and block the air conditioning vents, especially with heavy AC use. The vents don’t work effectively with that accumulation, so your car cabin doesn’t get cooled properly.
To circumvent mold, mildew, and other build-up, it’s recommended to have your car serviced every 6 months. This periodic service clears the ducts but also keeps the car in great, working condition.
Hopefully this isn’t the case for your vehicle, but it can often slip drivers’ minds: a short circuit. This more often happens in climates where the temperature significantly exceeds 45 degrees. Electrical wires get extremely hot and can cause a short circuit within the internal wiring.
If you’re crafty enough, you can fix this issue on your own. Analyze where the wire has been shot and seal it with electric tape. You can then join the other end with the connecting wire. Of course, there’s nothing wrong with letting the professionals handle your car. In fact, it’s often the recommended course of procedure.
Broken or Blocked Condenser
The condenser keeps the refrigerant cool and converts hot air into cool air. It’s a crucial element to the AC system, and it’s located in front of the grill. So, you’re able to locate the grill and determine if there seems to be an issue. However, we don’t recommend trying to fix a compressor issue on your end. This especially is best trusted with the car experts, such as the Loper’s Performance team.
You can easily tell if your compressor is struggling because hot air will be blowing inside the vehicle rather than weak, cold air with a different issue. Car mechanics typically notice this issue around the start of spring time. Because drivers likely aren’t using their AC during the winter months, the compressor can misbehave after an extended period of little to no use. Your compressor is pivotal to keep the AC running and circulating properly, so don’t hesitate to determine if this seems to be a problem for your car now.
Your car’s AC may also be struggling because of a burnt fuse. This won’t just stop the compressor but also spread hot air within your cabin. Unfortunately, one blown fuse can affect the entire circuit installed. Again, the best course is to hand over the problem to a trusted mechanic, but you can certainly inspect the issue for yourself.
Stay Cool This Summer – Contact Loper’s Performance
The last thing you want this summer is to get stuck in traffic during some unbearable heat when your AC is of no help. Luckily, the team at Loper’s Performance Center has handled problems like this and many others before. We want what’s best for you and your ride.
Contact us today for a free quote to get your vehicle to tip-top shape for the fast-approaching, hot and dry Arizona summer.
About Loper’s Performance Center
Loper’s Performance Center has been a car shop you can trust since 1967. Not only do we have a service center, but we also have performance parts, making us the largest speed shop in all of Arizona. On top of that, we offer dyno tuning to expertly and meticulously improve your ride.
Learn more on the Loper’s Performance website or by reading our blog where we’re consistently providing automotive insight and tips.