Your vehicle’s air conditioning system likely had a rough summer. There have been record-high temperatures in San Diego, meaning that your AC has been working overtime for weeks and months at a time, and this wear and tear will leave your air conditioning system more vulnerable to serious problems. Here is how you can diagnose a broken air conditioner in your car.
Turn On Your Car’s Air Conditioner
The first thing you have to do to see if your air conditioner is broken is to turn it on. It will make it much easier if you roll up your windows and crank the AC to its max or highest setting, with your windows rolled up to ensure that there is no air coming from outside.
Then you should get near to the vent and listen carefully to hear if it is making a strange or unfamiliar noise. If it is, you may have an issue with your compressor that needs to be repaired or replaced.
Feel the Air
If your car’s air conditioning system is working, put your hands up to the vent to check the temperature of the air. You should note if it is too cold, room temperature, or too hot. It is also recommended to see if there are temperature changes when there should not be. For instance, if your AC starts cold and then warms up, or vice versa.
Check the Air Pressure
Be sure that everything is flowing out as it should be by holding your hand near the vent and changing the air pressure settings from high to low.
Is There an Odor?
If you have not found any problems so far, it is time to get your nose involved and smell the air that is coming from the vents. If it smells odd, it may be a sign that you have a leak or a cabin air filter that needs to be replaced.
Check Out the Fuses
Lastly, if you are still looking for a solution to the problem, try inspecting the car’s fuse panel. It can be found under the hood, in the trunk, or near the drier’s side footwell. In some cases, a blown fuse can make the car’s air conditioner inoperative.
If these steps don’t help to fix your broken air conditioner, or you just don’t feel like spending the time to check on your own, bring your vehicle over to the qualified auto mechanics in San Diego at Automobile Repair Shop San Diego for a full air conditioning inspection.
AC Repair San Diego
Automobile Repair Shop San Diego is a family-owned and operated repair shop that has provided quality AC repair in San Diego for years. We offer you hassle-free estimates and repairs in San Diego starting with a precise assessment of your vehicle’s current issues. We will tow your vehicle for FREE to our shop, organize a rental car, and work directly with the insurance company to streamline the repair process. We will even pay up to $500 of your deductible. Contact us today at (619) 330-0862 to see how we can help.