Like all other car parts, the AC in the car needs ongoing care and maintenance. Regular AC maintenance addresses current problems and prevents potential issues. Maintenance regularly improves your AC performance and extends the system’s useful life. A well-maintained AC is more reliable and needs less frequent repairs.
GreenTech Automotive takes the clean approach to a dirty job. As the leading auto AC repair technician in the Santa Rosa area, our team of professionals has compiled a list of sustainable and green methods that can assist vehicle owners is ensuring the lasting health of their AC system.
Keep Your AC Condenser Clean
Over time, your AC condenser can become clogged with dirt and dust. If this happens, the air cannot flow freely over the cooling coils.
To prevent future problems, clean your condenser with water every week. Regular cleaning removes dirt and dust from hard-to-reach areas. Therefore, a clean condenser ensures even cooling.
Clean Your Car
Dirt particles clinging on to car upholstery can attract moisture, affecting your car AC’S ability to cool the interior. Clean carpets and mats in your car periodically by vacuuming to ensure dirt and debris don’t disturb AC abilities in your vehicle.
Clean The AC Filter
The AC filter traps contaminants such as dirt, dust, pollen, and pet dander from the air inside your car. Over time, your AC filter can become clogged with dirt and debris. The most common sign of a clogged car AC filter is an airflow problem.
A dirty filter can affect the car’s ability to cool the interior properly. It can rob your car of up to 10% of its horsepower. This leads to a significant increase in exhaust emissions. In addition, your car is forced to use more gas than necessary.
Clean your car’s AC filter once every couple of months with clean water, and changing the filter every 12,000 miles or once a year can help ensure the filters remain in optimal condition.
Maintain The Compressor Belt
Check the drive belt attached to the compressor, hoses, and gas pipelines for damage. If you notice frayed edges on the belt, repair or replace it immediately.
Check Your AC Gas Pipe
Check your AC gas pipe for leaks at least once a month. Clean it with soap and water to prevent clogs and blockages before they occur.
Have A Professional Maintain Your Car’s AC Unit
On a hot summer day, the last thing you need is a car AC that does not cool properly. To prevent AC problems, have a professional maintain your car AC before summer. During an AC maintenance session, the professional:
- Checks the AC line and hoses for cracks
- Inspects the compressor for bent/damaged fins
- Cleans the compressor to get rid of built-up dirt
- Cleans the vents and cleans/replaces the cabin filter