Ever sit in your car in 100 degree weather with the air conditioner blowing hot air? I have. It’s horrible. There are things you can do yourself to prevent this and keep your AC is good working order. These do-it-yourself car air conditioning maintenance tips will help keep your car cool, and can even help prevent costly AC repair costs.
5 Car Air Conditioning Maintenance Tips To Do Yourself
There are common AC usage mistakes that everyone makes that gradually kills the effectiveness of your air conditioning. The biggest mistake being that most people don’t turn off the air conditioning when they get to their destination. As a result, condensation and bacteria will grow into the AC unit’s air ducts that will cause a foul smell that probably costs $200 to clean out. So here are simple solutions to keeping your car air conditioning in good working order.
1. Run the AC unit once a week for about 10-12 minutes
Even on cold days, running your car’s AC unit once a week will keep the compressor working properly by maintaining gas pressure. See to it that your AC is at its highest fan speed and coolest setting when running this task.
2. Run your AC’s defrost mode for about 5-10 minutes
Running your AC in defrost mode will clean out excessive moisture in your car and prevent mildew. Doing this prevents bacteria from building up which causes a foul odor in your car.
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3. Use your air conditioning unit even in winter
Removing humidity from the cabin is one of your air conditioner’s primary functions. Aside from cooling your vehicle, your AC is also used to improve visibility by removing fog from the windshield. It’s also a fast way to defrost your windows in the winter.
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4. Recharge your car’s air conditioning system
Recharging your car’s AC system is another important maintenance tip. It’s also straightforward to do at home. Use gas and lubricant every two years to refresh the cooling system.
5. Get a full air conditioning service every two years
It is still wise to allow professionals periodically check your car’s AC unit for things you can’t fix at home. Before the hottest months of the year start, head to your local service center every two years to prevent emergency AC fixing in the heat.
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These are just some of the things you can do yourself to preserve your car’s air conditioning system. It is very important for you to remember these simple maintenance tips if you value the functionality of your car’s AC. In any event, at the end of the day, it costs energy, money, and gasoline to run your air conditioning so don’t hesitate to spend some of your time doing what you can to prolong its usage.
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