With spring around the corner, it’s time to make sure your car’s air conditioning works properly.
Mold, loose hoses, leaks and damaged parts are some of the usual causes of AC malfunctions. It’s important to address potential problems as soon as you notice a warning symptom. This way you’ll be able to avoid greater damage to your unit and stay cool and comfortable while you’re on the road.
From puddles in your car to fluctuating temperatures, the next four signs are the most common indicators that your AC needs professional service.
1. Air Isn’t as Cold as it Used to Be
You drive your car every day, so you have a fair idea of what to expect from it, and that includes the air conditioning. If you notice that the air isn’t as cold as it used to be, you should be on alert. Fluctuating temperatures may be caused by Freon leaks, a damaged compressor or a failed switch.
2. Rattling or Loud Sounds
AC should function quietly for the most part. If you hear loud noises when you turn on the AC, there’s a good chance that something is wrong with the compressor. This part pressurizes air and ensures refrigerant flow. Some components of the compressor tend to wear out often and can be replaced easily, but under certain circumstances it may be necessary to replace the entire unit.
3. Foul Odor
In addition to being quiet, your AC should also function without emitting any noticeable odor. This is one of the most common issues with AC, and one of the most obnoxious as well. A deteriorated cabin filter or a moldy evaporator case are the usual causes of odors emanating from the AC vents.
4. Puddles Under the Dashboard
Stains or water spots are the telltale sign of a clogged drain hose. This causes water to back up into your car. In this case, water typically pools under the dashboard or beneath the floor mats. This problem is common and can be easily solved by an experienced technician.
If your car’s AC shows any of these signs, it’s time to have it serviced by a professional at a dependable auto shop.
At Inland Empire Autobody & Paint we offer quality work you can trust. Contact us today to request a quote to service your car’s AC. Call us, use our contact form or get it touch with us through our social media accounts on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and LinkedIn.