As anyone who lives and drives anywhere in Texas knows, having an efficiently working car air conditioner is not a luxury, but a necessity, especially during the summer months. Nothing can be quite as miserable as driving in a Dallas traffic jam with the windows rolled down, hoping for at least a little breeze to alleviate the misery of a hot day. Your daily commute can be a sweaty, sweltering experience.
The first car air conditioners were developed for luxury cars in the 1930s. Devices for cooling the air inside vehicles started becoming common in the 1950s and by the later 20th century had become a standard feature for cars and trucks sold in the United States. When they work, auto air conditioners are a blessing. However, when they start blowing hot air, they can be a source of frustration.
A number of ways exist for a car air conditioner to break down. A common problem can be a low level of refrigerant because of a slow leak in a loose connection or an old hose. The leak can be slow enough so that it is not immediately noticeable until it is too late.
A number of mechanical problems can cause the compressor not to work properly. These can be traced to low lubrication or a blockage that prevents coolant and lubrication from circulating.
Potential problems that can cause air conditioning failure can often be caught during scheduled maintenance. A technician will be able to advise you whether your car a/c needs servicing and what options you may have.
In case of air conditioner failure, an auto repair technician will be able to run a proper diagnostic and recommend a fix or, at the last resort, a replacement of a broken component like a compressor. Auto air conditioner repair jobs are not really a good fit for a do-it-yourselfer. Your comfort will be well worth the money it will take to keep your car a/c in good, operating order. For more information on fixing the A/C for your vehicle, please contact us,