There’s nothing quite like being stuck in a hot car in the middle of a traffic jam.
If your air conditioning isn’t blowing cold air, there are a few different things that could be wrong with it. Here are some of the most common issues and what you can do to fix them.
It Needs Refilling
The most common cause of an air conditioner not getting cold enough is that it needs to be refilled. You can recharge your refrigerant by yourself, but if you’re not comfortable doing it, you should take it to the expert.
If there is a Leakage
If there’s a leakage in the system, it will eventually run low or run out. A/C systems are very sensitive. They require a specific amount of gas to operate correctly.
The A/C Compressor May Not Engage
This problem can occur due to a variety of conditions. Failure can occur when there’s an electrical fault in your compressor’s circuit or clutch, Gas can be low or the vehicle can be overheating.
Today’s cars are computer controlled and one of the first systems that is turned off when the computer senses an engine problem is the A/C system. Usually, the malfunctioning part has to be replaced by a qualified mechanic.
The Blend Air Door is Stuck
There’s a small hatch inside your car’s ventilation system called the “blend air door”. When you turn your environmental system from heat to cold, the door should change to drawing in cold air. If it doesn’t change, it will still be drawing heat from the engine and blowing it on you! Again.
You Can Feel Cold Air, But It’s Not Blowing
This could mean the A/C’s fan has stopped working. It may be as simple as changing a wire, or you may need a new fan unit. Again, this isn’t something you can really change yourself, especially since it may require taking apart your car’s dashboard to reach all of the components.