There’s nothing worse in the summer than an air conditioning system that doesn’t cool you down in the car. Have yours inspected if any of the following symptoms are present:
• The air blowing out of the vents is cool, but not as cold as it used to be.
• Performance is spotty or intermittent—it will blow cold, but seems to cut out for a while before blowing cold again.
• The floor is inexplicably wet. (The water drain hole may be plugged.)
• There is excessive noise when the AC is on.
• There is an odor—if it smells like a musty gym locker when the AC is on, have the system inspected right away for mold or bacteria that likes to grow in dark, damp places, like the evaporator.
A comprehensive evaluation of heating and A/C system includes:
- Examining the internal controls and blower
- Checking radiator coolant operating temperature, hoses, pressure radiator cap and thermostat
- Inspecting the compressor belt
- Inspecting system and seals for leaks or various other damages.
- A cooling system pressure test
- Verifying the A/C pressure meets manufacturer specifications
- Measuring the interior vent air temperature