During the long, hot Phoenix summers, having a strong and well cared for AC system in your vehicle is a must. But sometimes it can be difficult to spot the warning signs that your car’s AC system might have a problem, and to know how severe these potential problems really are.
As a local mechanic in Phoenix, the team here at S & J Auto Repair & Rental has seen just about every auto air conditioner problem under the sun, and we know that they can usually be spotted by knowing five basic signs. Here’s some more information about those five signs:
- Lukewarm air: It’s a hot summer day, and you can’t wait to get in your car and blast the AC. But although there is nothing wrong with your air pressure, you notice that the temperature of your air doesn’t feel as cool as it used to. This is likely a sign that your refrigerant is running out, as this cooling chemical can drop by up to 15 percent each year, especially in Phoenix’s hot climate.
- Bad odors: A funky smell coming from your car’s AC system is difficult to miss, and this problem can be a lot more serious than just an inconvenience. Odorous AC air is usually indicative of mold or mildew growth within your AC system. Not only is this problem very bad for your AC, but it is also potentially dangerous to your health if you breathe too much of it in. Refrain from using your car’s AC until you have this problem looked at.
- Strange noises: If you notice rattling, banging or any other type of strange noise coming from your car’s AC system, this is likely due to one of two issues. One reason could be that your AC is clogged with dirt and debris, which slows the system down and causes clunky noises. Another potential cause is that one of your AC system’s parts is worn, damaged or broken. Regardless of which of these issues is causing your problem, you ought to have it fixed quickly.
- Low air pressure: Low air pressure is one of the most common problems a driver can encounter with their AC system. It can be caused by a wide range of problems, from a simple need for cleaning and maintenance to a seriously damaged or broken part. Only a certified mechanic can tell you for sure what the issue is.
- Water stains: Finally, most automotive AC systems use water, and when you use the AC, the water will drain from the bottom of your car, which is normal and nothing to worry about. But if you notice unexplained water stains inside of your car, this could be a sign that your AC’s drain is clogged. This is a simple fix, but you will need a professional to perform it for you.
No matter what may be wrong with your car’s AC system, we will do our best to fix it quickly and effectively when you visit S & J Auto Repair & Rental, your local mechanic in Phoenix.