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When I began thinking more seriously about car issues, it occurred to me that there were a few things I needed to do if I wanted to make things easier for myself in the long run. For starters, I began taking my car in for regular auto service, which really helped out. It was really interesting to see how many different things had to be fixed every time I went in, but when my car didn't have as many problems, I could tell that it was really paying off. This website is all about understanding and preventing car problems by making better choices.



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Having Problems With Your Car's AC? Fix Them Here

by Micheal Barrett

If you're suddenly having multiple problems with your car's air conditioner, find an auto technician soon. The car's air conditioning system could have water inside it. Water can cause a host of problems for your vehicle's cooling system, including failure. Learn more about the problems in your car's AC and how to fix them below.

What's Wrong With Your Car's AC?

If you live in a hot or temperate climate, you may use your car's AC most of the year to keep cool. But if your car's AC blows out hot air or releases a foul odor into the vehicle, water could be inside it. Water can interfere with how well your vehicle's cooling system performs.

Your car's cooling system relies on a small device called an evaporator coil to remove heat from inside it. The coil transforms the heated air into condensation, then releases it to the outside of the car. If your car's evaporator coil clogs up with oil and/or dirt, it won't remove condensation out of the system.

Condensation can enter the coolant lines attached to the coil over time. The refrigerant circulating through the lines can become corrosive enough to damage your car's cooling system. Your cooling system may blow out lukewarm or hot air during the day. The air leaving your air vents may even smell moldy or musty. Eventually, the AC in your car will stop working altogether.

There may be other reasons for your car's air conditioning problems as well. The best way to diagnose your car's problems properly is to take your vehicle to a repair shop today.

What's the Best Way to Fix Your Car's AC?

A repair shop will run diagnostic checks on your car's cooling system. If water is present inside the cooling system, a shop will flush out the system to remove it. A shop will also recharge the system's refrigerant lines. Your cooling system should run smoothly after the repairs. If water isn't present inside your car's AC system, a shop will check the accumulator for problems.

The accumulator prevents the liquid refrigerant from seeping into the system's compressor. If the accumulator becomes clogged with oil and other debris, it will allow liquid to pass into the compressor. Your car's cooling system will blow out hot, smelly air if the compressor goes bad. A repair shop may need to unclog or replace the accumulator if it's the cause of your AC's problems. 

Contact a local car AC repair service for more information.