Should I Service My Car’s Air Conditioning?
While it may not always be prioritised, air conditioning is an integral part of the driving experience – particularly in the summer months.
We’ve all had the experience of sitting in a stuffy car on a hot day. It’s not pleasant, right?
The relief and comfort that comes with a cool jet of air from your air conditioning during these high temperatures can make all the difference. So when your air conditioning does stop working, it’s instantly noticeable.
At Kilnhurst Tyres, we understand just how important air conditioning can be to your vehicle. In this article, we’ll take a closer look at how to identify a fault with your air conditioning and when you should get it serviced.
What is Air Conditioning?
In short, air conditioning is a system that helps circulate cool air around your vehicle when the temperature is high, helping to keep its occupants comfortable. These days, you’ll be hard-pressed to find a modern car that does not include air conditioning, and it works by using a refrigerant in the heating and ventilation system.
The system works by changing refrigerant gas to a liquid while under high pressure, in the air conditioning’s compressor. This liquid is then transported through a condenser where the heat is evaporated and moved into the receiver drier. The drier removes the moisture, before the liquid continues on its journey into an expansion valve which lowers the pressure.
Next, it moves into an evaporator where it turns back into a gas, the heat is absorbed, and a fan will then blow this now cool air into the vehicle’s interior.
What Are the Benefits of Air Conditioning?
Not only does air conditioning help keep you and your passengers cool when the heat becomes too much, but it also has a range of other benefits.
- Demists windscreens – sometimes the heat from bodies and breath in the car can cause your windscreen to fog up, restricting visibility. You can use your air conditioning as a way to demist it, enhancing your view of the road ahead.
- Keeps you alert – if you are embarking on a long journey, you can become weary. Switching on your AC to give yourself a blast of cold air can help keep you more awake, alert and safe. Remember, you should still take regular breaks if driving long distances.
- More aerodynamic – believe it or not, but air conditioning can actually enhance the aerodynamics of your car. AC means you don’t need to open your car’s windows when the weather is warm, therefore the car will be more aerodynamic, making it safer and preventing exhaust fumes from other vehicles from being blown into your car.
How Do I Know That My Air Conditioning Isn’t Working?
The main test to determine whether your air conditioning has a fault is if it starts doing the opposite of what it should be. If you notice warm air being expelled, you might have a problem with the system’s compressor or a refrigerant leak.
Another indication is if there seems to be moisture around the air conditioning unit. This could be something as serious as a leak, or something minor like a blocked tube.
As well as this, strange noises and smells coming from your air conditioning unit is usually a sure sign that something is wrong.
Kilnhurst Tyres Air Conditioning Services
Unfortunately, air conditioning is not included in a standard car service so you’ll either need to specifically mention it at the time or order a dedicated air conditioning service.
At Kilnhurst Tyres, we recommend getting your air conditioning serviced at least every two years to keep it working to the best of its ability.
Our air conditioning service will keep your air conditioning working efficiently, which is not only good news for your vehicle but the environment, too.
For more than 30 years, our team of dedicated engineers have become one of the most well-respected mechanics in Sheffield, Rotherham and Doncaster. Starting out as a team of tyre fitters, over the years we’ve expanded our services to include MOTs, wheel alignment and air conditioning services.
Interested in making use of our air conditioning services? Get in touch with our team today.