When it’s hot outside, one of the last places you want to be is sitting in traffic without a properly functioning A/C system. To help avoid this uncomfortable situation, having your A/C system checked annually to make sure it is functioning at its peak performance level when those temperatures are rising.
“Making sure your A/C system is working properly will give you the peace of mind knowing that your vehicle will keep you cool and safe when you hit the road this summer,” said Rich White, executive director, Car Care Council. “Not only are high temperatures harmful to the body with prolonged exposure, but they can provide unnecessary wear and tear on a vehicle.”
A vehicle’s heating, ventilating and air conditioning keeps the interior comfortable in any of the seasons by providing the right temperature and humidity level. Typical A/C service consists of the following steps:
· A technician visually inspects hoses, lines, seals and other components for leaks as well as inspects the drive belt for cracks or damage.
· 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.
· Refrigerant may be added if necessary to “top off” the system.
· A technician may also check for evidence of refrigerant cross-contamination, which is the mixing of refrigerants.
· A/C service should also include a check of the compressor’s drive belt and tension.