In Southern Florida, riding in a vehicle without an air conditioner is not only uncomfortable, but downright dangerous. A non-working air conditioner makes your driving experience simply unbearable and could lead to heat-related medical emergencies.
If your vehicle's air conditioner is not cooling or is not working at all, you should take the vehicle in to be checked as soon as you can. The following are some potential problems your vehicle's air conditioning system may be experiencing.
The Air Conditioner Compressor Is Broken
A vehicle's air conditioner compressor is the part that powers the air conditioner's refrigerant system. The refrigerant moves to the condenser. This process results in the refrigerant's transformation into a liquid from a gas state. When the compressor is broken or worn, out, this process will not happen, which prevents proper cooling.
There are some signs to look out for if you think your compressor is going bad. The temperature of the air will be warm or room temperature. You may also notice a loud noise coming from the compressor. Moisture can develop and pool in the area, and circuit breakers can trip.
The Refrigerant Is Leaking
Another issue that often prevents a vehicle's air conditioner from properly functioning is a leak in the refrigerant. Refrigerant is a gas that is necessary to cool the air from the air conditioner. If the refrigerant leaks out of the system, your vehicle's air will not be as cold as it should.
In addition to the warm air, you may hear a clicking sound coming from the air conditioner. This clicking sound occurs when the condenser is short cycling. The system is attempting to engage but cannot so so without an adequate level of refrigerant.
Your dashboard may also provide an indicator light to let you know your refrigerant is low. You may not be able to notice the refrigerant leak in the same way you would an oil leak or other compounds, as refrigerant rarely provides an obvious indication of a problem.
The Air Conditioner's Electrical System Has a Problem
The electrical system in a vehicle's air conditioner system can cause your vehicle to be without cool air. There are a variety of electrical issues your vehicle can experience. The problem may just be a blown fuse, which is easily repairable. Most car owners can do this themselves as long as they know which fuse is faulty.
Other issues include a failed switch, control module issues, loose wires, damaged relays, or some other type of defect. The only way to know exactly where the issue lies is to take the vehicle to an auto repair shop to have the issue diagnosed.
The Condenser Is Not Functioning Properly
The condenser is an important part of a vehicle's air conditioning system. The condenser works along with the compressor to depressurize and liquefy air to convert it to cold air. Over time, the condenser can break or malfunction, resulting in no cool air in your vehicle. This issue will have to be handled by a professional.
If your vehicle's air conditioner is not working as it should, be sure to get the car to an auto repair shop right away. The professionals at Windermere Sustainable Car Care can help you get to the bottom of your vehicle's air conditioner issues and help restore the cold air to help improve your comfort while in your car.
If you have any questions about your vehicle's air conditioner or if you have other car repair needs, please contact us today. We are happy to take a look at your vehicle and help solve any problems you may be experiencing.