Your vehicle’s air conditioning consists of several parts, including the compressor, high and low pressure hoses, condenser, receiver/dryer, evaporator, and a filter – depending on the vehicle, an orifice tube or expansion block. Additionally, the system requires a belt, fan and refrigerant. Keeping your air conditioning maintained at Sansone Jr.’s 66 Automall will help keep it running well during the hot summer months.
Make sure the air conditioning belt is in good condition. It should have the proper tension, should not be dry-rotted and the grooves, if applicable, should not be worn.
The air conditioning system needs a fan to cool the condenser. The fan should turn on when you turn the air conditioning on. If the fan is not working properly, the air conditioning will not cool properly. The fan could have a bad fuse, wire or fan motor if it’s not working.
If the air conditioning doesn’t cool properly and you notice that the receiver/dryer or the expansion valve (or orifice tube location) is frosting over, you may have a blockage. You’ll have to have the system cleaned and refilled.
Keep the compressor in good working condition. It uses oil; and though the system is closed, if you have a leak, some of the oil may leak out along with the refrigerant. Don’t just try to top off the system yourself. Instead, bring it in so our service technicians can properly repair the leak and ensure the compressor has the proper amount of oil.
Running the Air Conditioning Unit
Don’t run the air conditioning unit if the windows are down. Your unit will just have to work harder to cool the vehicle; and this wears on it quicker. Set the temperature at a comfortable level. There is no need to set it to 60 degrees to try to cool the vehicle faster – it just makes the air conditioning work harder and longer. Use sun shades to help keep your vehicle cool while you are not driving. Also, if you can park in the shade or in a garage, it will help keep the vehicle cooler and put less stress on your air conditioning unit.
Visit Sansone Jr.’s 66 Automall
Call Sansone Jr.’s 66 Automall for a service appointment if your air conditioning unit is working poorly or not working at all.