4 Reasons Why Your Car’s AC System Might Not Be Working
Many of us welcome spring’s warmer temperatures with open arms. However, sometimes balmy weather surfaces a problem with your vehicle: a dysfunctional air conditioning system. Don’t sweat — here are some reasons your car’s AC might be broken and require service from a mechanic at a reputable dealership.
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1. Blocked “arteries”
If your AC is blowing hot air, there could be a restriction somewhere in the system. The root of the problem could be as simple as a clogged refrigerant charging hose or expansion tube, as the Firestone Complete Auto Care team articulates.
2. Not enough refrigerant
Another common issue is that the system’s refrigerant level is too low. Per YourMechanic.com’s Valerie Johnston, this is one of the most frequent reasons that your vehicle’s vents are emitting hot air.
3. System leaks
If you’ve ruled out the first two culprits, you’ll want to have your AC system inspected for any potential leaks. Whether the leak results from a loosened seal or an O-ring, or another component, the AC system shifts from a “closed system” to an “open system.” This, in turn, opens the door for moisture to get into the system, Firestone Complete Auto Care explains. When this mixes with refrigerant, it can produce acids that can corrode the system and make the current leaks even worse.
4. A faulty clutch cycling switch
In some cases, the clutch cycling switch is to blame for a lack of cool air in your car. Per Johnston, if this switch isn’t working, then the air compressor’s electromagnetic clutch won’t trigger. This prohibits the refrigerant from being pressurized, which is an essential process that can make or break the AC system.
For more ways to stay cooler on warm-weather drives this year, check out these nifty accessories. Then learn how to do an air conditioning recharge if you prefer to try fixing it yourself before making a service appointment.
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Whitney Russell resides in Dayton, though her spirit can be found beach-bumming in Puerto Rico (the land of her half-Puerto Rican heritage). When not crafting car-related content, she can be found chasing after the most amazing toddler in the world, watching her “beaver” of a husband build amazing woodworking projects, hanging out with two crazy dogs, and visiting family and friends. She also enjoys traveling, crafting, and binge-watching period dramas when time allows. See more articles by Whitney.