The air-conditioning (AC) system is the most important component of a vehicle. Getting inside and driving off a car can be a terrible experience if you don’t have an air conditioner to cool you down. The biggest benefit of a working AC is that it will make driving a pleasurable experience, especially on hot days. Being in a car that does not have air conditioning in hot weather puts you at risk of dehydration and even heat stroke.

Here are five tips to keep your air conditioner working in good condition:

#Tip1 Run it regularly

It is a good idea to run the air conditioner once a week for 10 minutes. Doing this will help maintain the gas pressure and ensures the proper working of the compressor. Turn it to the coldest settings and highest fan speed. To clean out the accumulated moisture, run the ‘defrost’ mode for five to ten minutes. It helps prevent the growth of mildew and foul order. It is important to do this exercise even during the winter, as it helps remove humidity in the cabin. Use your air conditioner in winter to keep the windscreen free of fog.

#Tip 2 Change your air filter regularly

The primary role of an air filter is to clean the air inside your car. A dirty air filter reduces the efficiency of the car’s cooling system. In addition, it also lowers the fuel efficiency of your car. Without an air filter, the air induction system would quickly become home to bugs, leaves, dirt, and other debris and damage your engine. The thumb rule is to change the air filter every 12,000 to 15,000 miles, but that depends on the type of roads you travel. In most cars, the air filter is located behind the glove box. After removing the filter, clean it with water and shake out the dirt and debris.

#3 Clear away debris

Remember to clean the exterior grille periodically with a vacuum. Any leaves or debris can easily get sucked into the air conditioning system and clog it. At the same time, it is also important to clean the debris that clogs the condenser. These steps can ensure that your car’s air conditioning system is working properly.

#4 Check for leaks

Your air conditioning system uses refrigerant to cool the air coming into your vehicle. If you notice your car is losing its cooling capacity, check out the tiny leaks in the system that allow the refrigerant to escape and get them repaired. However, if you keep this issue going on for a long period, it could result in more problems and a higher repair bill. Remember that it is important to replace the refrigerant periodically, possibly every two to three years, so that your vehicle keeps on working properly. When it is time to recharge your AC system, it is best to leave it to qualified professionals.

#5 Clean evaporator drain tubes

If you see water spilling out on floor mats and not under the vehicle, it’s a sign that the condensation drain may be plugged. The growth of mold and fungus can easily plug the drain port or hose to the outside. It’s important to unclog the drain as excess water can damage electronic A/C components like the resistor, which controls the fan speed or the blower motor.

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