Four Signs Your Vehicle’s AC Needs Servicing

Published on: June 1, 2020

Auto Repair Kent County, RI

As we near summer, you might be flipping on your car, truck, or SUV’s air conditioner already. If you notice any of the four signs below, your AC needs servicing. It’s a good idea to have the system checked each spring before you start using it to ensure it will work properly once the weather gets hot. If you didn’t have the chance to get it checked, bring it in now for AC service, especially if it’s doing any of the following.

Air Isn’t Cold

An air-conditioner service includes checking the refrigerant and recharging the AC system if it needs it. If you feel warm air instead of cold air coming out of your vehicle’s vents, or if the air just doesn’t seem as cold as it should be, you probably have low refrigerant or the air conditioner needs to be recharged. This doesn’t necessarily have to be done every spring, but if the air temperature blowing through the vents is hotter, something’s up with the air conditioning system.

Musty Smells Are Coming From the Vents

You might smell a musty scent when you first turn on your AC but you shouldn’t smell it all the time. If you do, you have mold somewhere in the AC system. Bring your vehicle in for an inspection because inhaling mold can cause allergies and respiratory illnesses. You don’t mess with mold in your home; don’t allow it in your car, truck, or SUV, either. 

You Hear Banging or Rattling

There are a few reasons why you might hear banging or rattling when you turn on your vehicle’s air conditioner. You might have debris and/or dirt clogging the fan. This can happen over time due to the road debris and dirt entering your engine. It could also be a sign that your fan belt is worn out or the air conditioner compressor is having problems.

You See Water Puddles on Your Floorboard

This is an unpleasant sign of air-conditioning problems. If your vehicle’s AC drain hose is clogged, you might end up with water inside your car, truck, or SUV underneath the dashboard on the floor. If you see water underneath your vehicle on the garage floor, this is usually just condensation from the AC, which is a natural product of any air conditioner.

Stop by or call Primary Care Auto Repair today for AC service if you suspect your vehicle’s AC needs a little help. We will inspect and test the system so we can fix whatever is wrong quickly.

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