Air conditioning is unarguably one of the most important features of a car, especially when you live in a hot and humid environment. Not only does it allow you to drive in a relaxed manner, a properly functioning AC also filters the pollutants and dirt particles to help the passengers breathe fresh air. Regular servicing and maintenance of a car’s air conditioning unit lower the chances of expensive repairs and unit replacement.

Look at these five tips to make sure you are maximizing the efficiency of your AC unit. 

Tip 1. Run the air conditioner once a week for about 10 minutes

You should run your car’s air conditioner for around 10 minutes as it helps prevent the hardening of the hoses and compressor seals failure. Turn your car’s air conditioner weekly on defrost mode at its coolest setting and highest fan speed. This exercise keeps the compressor running well and also maintains the gas pressure. It allows the refrigerant to circulate the lubricating oil in the system to keep important parts well lubricated. 

Tip 2. Clean or change the air filter

Air filter helps trap the dirt and debris that comes into your car’s interior through the air conditioning and heating. The carbon-activated cabin filter (used in modern cars) even captures exhaust gasses. The dust can easily damage the internal engine parts such as the cylinders and pistons. If you keep on neglecting the air filter, you may notice unpleasant odor and allergic reactions like sneezing and coughing inside your car. A clogged air filter also causes restricted air supply, resulting in unburnt fuel exiting the engine in the form of soot residue.

Tip 3. Have the condenser cleaned 

This mesh-like part is located just behind the grille/front bumper. The condenser re-cools the AC’s refrigerant by expelling the excess heat. Periodically open the hood and check the condenser’s condition as dirt and debris can block the optimal airflow. Use a water spray to clean off the dirt and then air-dry it. Take precautions to not wet the other wires in the engine because it may cause a short circuit.

Tip 4. Inspect the refrigerant

The refrigerant is the heart of your air conditioning system. If your car’s AC blows lukewarm or room temperature air, it’s a sign that you need to change the refrigerant in the AC system. If you notice a visible leak under the hood around the compressor, inside the cabin, or under your vehicle, you know it’s the refrigerant. To take care of the vehicle’s AC issue, take your car to the local auto repair shop and get it repaired by ASE-Certified technicians. 

Tip 5. Start the AC while driving

Running the AC when the car is not moving is highly inefficient. It is because the AC works best when there’s airflow, like when you’re driving down the road. So before you switch it on, make sure that you are driving the car. The compressor of your car’s AC runs faster with the rotation of the engine’s crankshaft. You also need to first open the car’s door to remove the hot air inside, which will allow the vehicle to cool much faster. 

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