It’s that time of year again when we all need to start preparing to combat the sweltering summer heat in Phoenix. Temperatures are sure to reach the triple digits on a regular basis in a matter of months—hopefully you’re ready!
There are a number of things we can all do to ensure we stay comfortable until cooler fall air comes back to town. Chief among these is visiting a mechanic in Phoenix, AZ. A certified auto mechanic will be able to diagnose and repair a number of potential problems before they happen this summer. One of the biggest problems people face is a malfunctioning air conditioner. Here are a couple of signs that your AC is on its way out:
- AC blows warm air: Both car air conditioners and home AC units take a little while to start blowing cool air when you first turn them on. That’s just a part of life. That being said, you’ll know you have a problem if the system isn’t blowing cold air after several minutes. The best-case scenario is that your car is just low on Freon. Bring it in and let us diagnose and correct the issue right away. However, it could also be caused by something more serious that needs to be fixed immediately.
- Air gets cold then warm again: Once the air starts getting cold, you undoubtedly start feeling relieved. Finally, a break from the Phoenix heat! Unfortunately, those moments of bliss can be short-lived if the cold air switches back to warm air. There are several causes for this problem. The most common reason is a clogged valve. But it can also be caused by a failing compressor or a blown fuse. Only a mechanic will know for sure.
- Weak airflow: If your AC kicks on, but the airflow is weak, you’re still going to be uncomfortable in your own car. This issue may be caused by something as simple as a loose hose. Hopefully that’s the case, but it may also be caused by a more complicated problem that requires a little more attention from a mechanic in Phoenix, AZ. Bring your vehicle to us and let us diagnose and repair the issue.
- Bad smell: Blasting the cold AC is bound to make your commute comfortable—unless the air coming from the vents has a putrid odor. One could argue that the only thing worse than not having AC is having a smelly car. A terrible smell coming from your vents is most likely caused by a dirty air filter. However, mold or mildew growth somewhere in the system could also be the cause of the odor. Bring your car in and let us change the air filter. If that doesn’t work, we’ll figure out the source of the smell, fix it and send you on your way!
Don’t suffer on your trips around town this summer. Visit a certified mechanic in Phoenix, AZ at S & J Auto Repair & Rental to have your AC repaired if you’ve noticed any of the above warning signs!