Keep Calm Drive On

If the summer heat drives you to distraction, the last thing you need is a malfunctioning air conditioning (A/C) system when you are on the road. It will surely drive you crazy. Checking your vehicle’s A/C periodically or at least annually will help you keep your cool when temperatures soar high.

Getting stuck in traffic is as stressful enough as anything, but getting stuck in traffic during the heat of summer without a functioning A/C is absolutely bad. It is very important to always have the A/C system properly maintained to keep it in a proper tip top shape and avoid costly repairs down the road.

A vehicle’s heating, ventilating and air conditioning system (HVAC) keeps the interior cabin comfortable in any season by providing the right temperature and humidity level. A thorough inspection should be performed annually and a typical A/C service consists of the following steps:

Check Pressures: A service technician checks pressures to test operation, refrigerant charge and outlet temperatures.

Leak Test: If the system is found to be low on refrigerant, a leak test is performed to find the source of the leak. Keep in mind that if your vehicle is leaking refrigerant, it is damaging the ozone layer.

Check Refrigerant: Refrigerant may be added if necessary to “top off” the system, although some states do not allow “topping off.”

Refrigerant Cross Contamination: A technician may also check for evidence of refrigerant cross contamination, which is the mixing of refrigerants.

Check compressor’s drive belt : A/C service should also include a check of the compressor’s drive belt and tension.

Checking the A/C at least once a year is an important key to making sure your cooling system is running efficiently all year long. A properly running HVAC system will help improve your gas mileage as well which makes it even more important. It is more environment friendly and will keep you calm as you drive on.

You may also use the Personalized Schedule and reminder service as a simple way to take better care of your car.