It’s nearly summer, and you want to make sure that your car’s air conditioning is in proper working order. Nobody wants to find out midway through a summer road trip that the A/C is broken! To ensure you stay cool on your summer trips, maintenance on your car heating and cooling system is essential.

Here’s what you need to do to keep your car heating and cooling system functional.

Regularly clean or replace the cabin air filter.

The cabin air filter prevents dust, pollen, and debris from entering the car’s interior. A clogged filter can reduce airflow and strain the AC system. Check your vehicle’s owner’s manual for guidance on cleaning or replacing the filter.

Keep the condenser clean.

The condenser is located at the front of the car, and it helps dissipate heat from the refrigerant. Over time, debris, dirt, and bugs can accumulate on the condenser, hindering its performance. Periodically clean the condenser using a gentle stream of water or compressed air.

Run the AC system regularly.

Even when you’re not using the air conditioning regularly, it’s a good idea to run it for a few minutes every week. This helps circulate the refrigerant and lubricate the compressor, preventing potential issues.

Check refrigerant levels.

If your AC system is not cooling as effectively as it should, it could be due to low refrigerant levels. Consult a professional mechanic to check and recharge the refrigerant if necessary.

Maintain proper coolant levels.

The engine’s coolant also plays a role in the AC system, as it helps regulate temperature. Ensure that the coolant levels are adequate and have the coolant system inspected periodically.

Protect the car from excessive heat.

Park your vehicle in the shade or use sunshades to minimize heat buildup inside the car. Excessive heat can strain the AC system and affect its performance.

Take note of unusual noises or odors.

If you notice any strange noises, vibrations, or unusual odors coming from the AC system, have it inspected by a qualified technician. Early detection of problems can prevent more extensive damage.

Have regular maintenance inspections.

Consider having your car’s AC system inspected and serviced by a professional technician before the summer season. They can check for any potential issues and ensure optimal performance.

Come to Mike Brailey’s Auto for all your car heating and cooling needs this summer! Contact us at (603) 672-8867. And don’t forget to follow us on Facebook!