Automotive HVAC Systems | Maintaining Your Car's Air Conditioning for Optimal Performance

29 April 2016
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Good air conditioning in your car not only keeps you comfortable in the summer months, but it is also good for your health. A poorly maintained air conditioner can easily become a safe haven for fungus and bacteria. You need to ensure that you take good care of it so that it can perform at its best. Fortunately, there's a plethora of things you can do to be proactive and recognise any problems. Here are some of the few.

Go for an air conditioning service

A commercial air conditioning service is a good option when it comes to keeping the air conditioner at its peak. So here's the thing, a car's air conditioner doesn't only blow cold air into the car, it's also responsible for getting rid of the hot air and humidity inside the vehicle. This depends on a lot of components--such as the evaporator, compressor and even condenser--operating in sync, These are the parts that need to be serviced. Additionally, a good air conditioning service also replaces the operating gas, inspects the system lines and also checks the filter for any deformities. So ensure you take it to a well-reputed professional.

Run the system once a week

You need to ensure that you run the system at least once a week no matter how cold it is. Turn it up to its coolest setting and maximum fan speeds to maintain stable gas pressures and ensure that the system functions properly. Additionally, running the system keeps the valves and pumps well lubricated throughout the system.

You also need to run the defrost mode. Doing this prevents the build-up of excess moisture in your car and keeps mildew away. Failure to do so may generate bad odours.  

Recharge your system

Whenever you take your vehicle for car servicing, ensure you ask your mechanic to check the refrigerant levels. They need to be refilled if they are too low. Also have the system lubricated to decrease the wearing and tearing of its internal components.

Open all doors and windows

On very hot summer days, open your doors momentarily before switching on the air conditioner. Doing this will assist in getting rid of the hot air inside the vehicle. Your air conditioner won't have to work as hard in venting out the heat. Having your interior cooled down from the start makes it a lot easier and faster for the air conditioner to work.

And remember, keep your windows slightly open when leaving the vehicle on such hot days. That way, the heat won't build up to very high levels when you return.