“Summertime brings joy, leaving the sadness behind the sky sparkle the brightest shine”
Yes! Yes, it does feel like the brightest shine, but not at the moment when you are walking up to your car after work in the evening, you open the car door, and a gush of boiling hot air comes tickling your senses and make you feel like you are on planet ‘fire’. Parked under the hot summer sun, the interior of the car could get heated on alarming levels. The next step you will take in this situation is to switch on the air conditioning (AC) system on your vehicle, only to realise that the AC is not throwing out sufficient cool air off its vents.
We are here to help you understand simple DIY maintenance tips to keep your car air conditioning (AC) system work properly during the ongoing harsh summer months.
This seems to be the obvious tip but it is crucial to understand here that the air-vents and other mechanisms involved in the air conditioning system will remain intact only if they are used regularly no matter how the weather is. Make sure to keep the AC running for about 10-15 minutes, at least once a week.
The air that comes out of the AC vents in your car is temperature cooled with the help of a refrigerant. It is mandatory to keep a check on the level of refrigerant in the air conditioning system of your car to keep the AC working well and maintain a cool temperature inside the cabin. Make sure to bring this to your mechanics notice to check the refrigerant level of your car AC because this step is not generally included in the regular service schedule of your car.
Machines are designed in a way that they will perform the best when maintained at regular intervals. Same is applicable to your car air conditioning system as well. Make sure to take your car for an AC service before the start of summer months to avoid long waiting time at the service station and also cut maintenance cost. I am sure you are aware of the dilemma called “more the demand, higher the prices”.
Air is drawn into your car’s cabin and passes through the air filter. It protects the interior of your car by trapping the dust, pollen, and detritus from the outside air. When your cabin filter gets dirty and plugged, it can trap moisture in its layers as well. That moisture and dirt in the filter is a breeding ground for bacteria. The longer it sits, the more the bacteria spreads and festers in the filter. It is advised to change the air filter of your air conditioner every year to be safe from bacteria-borne diseases and infections.
Maintenance is one way to ensure a constant flow of cool air through the AC vents of your car but it is also very important to understand the right way to use the air conditioning system of your car for maximum efficiency and proper cooling inside the cabin.
Steps to use the car AC correctly: