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Troubleshooting your Car AC System

Written by Parvesh Bravo

Driving in hot summer days will make you use the vehicle air conditioning system more often to keep the inner space of the car comfortable. But if you find that, the system is no more gifting you thatcold, sweetair, and the cabin is getting humid instead, and then know for sure, that the system is facing some trouble. There can be some more symptoms that your car AC is facing some issues, like water pooling on the carpet, hot air blowing from the vents, or appalling odors are filling the car.

Any one of these above said symptoms is surely an indication that the car A/C system, is not working properly and you need to troubleshoot it. if you choose to hire a professional help from any reliable source like the Chevrolet service center, then there’s no need for any further discussion, but if you want to first try it all by yourself, then we have a bunch of useful tips for you, that we are sharing below:

Check the Car Temperature

To troubleshoot the car AC system, you need to start with measuring the temperature of the car, after you run the AC for 5 to 10 minutes.  All automotive experts will advise you to use an air conditioning thermometer and according to them, the ideal range of temperature of your car cabin with the AC on should be approximately between 40 to 45 degrees Fahrenheit. To take the cabin temperature follow these steps:

  1. Key start the vehicle
  2. Now turn on the fan on thehighest speed and the A/C temperature to its coldest setting. Switch off the “recirculate” button to breathe in more outside air.
  3. once done, then insert the thermometer into one of the A/C vents, wait for a minute or two, and read the temperature.

If it’s reads the recommended range of temperature, then you can be sure that the system is not guilty, but it is the extreme hot temperature, which the A/C might not be able to process. But If the temperature shows higher than the recommended range, there is surely a problem.

Checking Out the A/C System

The easiest way to see if thedrain line  of the vehicle is clogged, turn on the vehicle and run the air conditioning for a few minutes. Now it is time to look below the frontal part of the vehicle for any water dripping. If you find it dripping probably  from the engine compartment then you need to solve this with the help of compressed air blowing into the opening of the line while dislodging the blockage. Once done, it will start allowing the water to start flowing freely again.

 Rechargingand Sealingthe System

Torecharge the A/C system and seal up any probable leak, use a refrigerant. This will help the A/C system to restore a colder and drier airflow while sealing up the leaks on the gaskets, hoses, and O-rings. If that doesn’t troubleshoot the problem, seek a professional help from a professional place like the Seaside Chevrolet service center.

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