There are a number of common faults within a vehicle’s Air Conditioning or Climate Control system.
The Natural loss of gas
This is usually caused by the lack of use during cold periods or the system not being serviced regularly. By running the air conditioning during the winter months this can help with the de-misting process, and also keep the seals moist.
Loss of gas due to leakage
Pipe work and hoses can become loose causing fractures. Hoses can rub together causing holes, and pipe work and condensers can corrode with the gritting salts used during winter. Stone chips to the condenser can also cause leaks to start.
Common Electrical faults
Problems with pressure switches, fuses, relays and cables can cause systems to stop running.
With your air conditioning system functioning properly you will have a safer, more comfortable driving experience. The air conditioning system in your vehicle is not a fit and forget item and (like the engine) will require regular servicing to keep it in full working order.
Using your air conditioning in the colder months will help to prevent the windscreen misting up as de-humidified air is passed over it. Air conditioning should be run for at least 10 minutes a week to enable oil to reach all seals and prevent them from drying and shrinking, and will also lubricate the moving parts of the compressor to avoid costly replacements and repairs.
My Air Conditioning smells strange?As your car air conditioning system ages, you may notice the freshness of the airflow deteriorating. When your air conditioning is operating, moisture in the air condenses on the system’s cold surfaces. Most of this moisture drains harmlessly away, but some remains within the ventilation system after your A/C has been turned off. This residual moisture provides the ideal environment for naturally occurring airborne fungi, mildew and mould. Once trapped within the ventilation system, these colonies can combine to produce unpleasant odours and potential flu-like symptoms.
Having your air conditioning serviced and recharged will remove these odours and prevent the development of any ill effects within the vehicle’s occupants.