Summer isn’t officially here in Texas yet, but Austin drivers are already feeling the heat as we all switch on our cars’ air conditioners. Having a poorly performing AC system, or worse yet, a broken one, can easily turn a quick drive into the longest, hottest few minutes of your life. If you notice any of the following issues with your car, they can indicate a problem with your vehicle’s air conditioning system.
1. Your car isn’t blowing cold air.
Your car’s AC system is supposed to produce cold air, so if you start to notice a drop in your AC temperature, have it checked out. There’s a broad range of possible problems that can include leaking Freon and a failure somewhere in the air conditioning system such as the compressor, blower motor, condenser, evaporator, switch, solenoid and more.
2. The airflow from your car’s air conditioner is weak.
Some of the possible causes of this are a loose hose or broken seal that can leak air out before it gets to the car cabin, a broken ventilation fan that will no longer blow air, and even accumulated mold in the evaporator core clogging it up.
3. The air from your vehicle’s AC vent smells like dirty socks or a gym locker.
The solution to this problem could be a simple and quick fix by replacing your cabin air filter, or it could mean you have mold in your evaporator case.
When in doubt, get your automobile checked out by a professional auto repair technician. Early detection can mean less expensive, smaller repairs versus major ones down the road.
The Auto Stoppe is a local, family-owned and operated business serving the greater Austin area since 1980. We’re a full-service, auto repair shop providing exceptional service on both domestic and foreign vehicles.