The Best Tips for Summer AC Maintenance

July 18, 2018 2:25 am Published by Leave your thoughts

Summer is here, and so is the heat! Here are some of the best maintenance tips to keep your auto air conditioning in Port Charlotte, FL cooling effectively all summer long:

  • Change the air filter regularly: Not only does a dirty air filter affect the temperature and air quality blowing into your car, it can also lower your fuel efficiency. You may be surprised to learn that, on average, installing a clean air filter can improve your gas mileage by as much as 10 percent. Change the filter every 12,000 miles or so, although frequency depends on the types of roads you drive on. Regular driving on dirt roads will dirty up the filter quicker than highway driving will. You should also change it before summer, and other times throughout the year depending on where you live.
  • Change the cabin filter: Most vehicles manufactured after 2002 have cabin filters to keep dust, dirt and other air pollutants from getting in through the air conditioner. Over time, the cabin filter will need to be changed to avoid clogging. Like a clogged air filter, a clogged cabin filter can have a negative impact on your AC’s performance. Keep issues at bay by changing your cabin air filter every 12,000 to 15,000 miles.
  • Recharge the cooling system: If you notice your air conditioning system struggling this summer, it might need to be recharged. Take your vehicle in to a mechanic shop for an inspection to make sure the system actually needs to be recharged—the problem might be a coolant leak. Damaged parts will have to be replaced before the system can be recharged.
  • Run your air conditioner periodically: To prolong the life of your air conditioner, run it for 10 minutes at least once a week year-round. This keeps the compressor seals lubricated with coolant, and it prevents moisture buildup within the car’s air vent ducts. Running the AC once a week dries up moisture that may otherwise cause mold and bacteria to form and blow into the cabin.
  • Protect the exterior of your car: How you treat your car, whether parked or in use, will affect the function of your cooling system. Whether it’s summer or winter, you must protect the exterior of your vehicle, which in turn helps your air conditioner work its best. If you can, park in a garage, or under an awning or carport. When a car is parked in a cooler area, the AC won’t have to work as hard to cool off the inside of your vehicle.
  • Test the AC: Test your air conditioner throughout the summer months to ensure it’s functioning as it should. It should start cooling down the inside of your car within a handful of seconds. If the AC seems off, take it to the shop for a diagnosis and repair.

Here at Ice Cold Auto Repair, we offer free annual AC inspections. Call us to schedule an appointment to have your auto air conditioning in Port Charlotte, FL checked out!

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