Your car's air conditioner keeps you comfortable while driving hot weather, but several issues can stop an air conditioner from working. The first warning sign is the most obvious; that you have no air conditioning.
If your vehicle does not have any air coming from the vents, or if it blows only warm air on hot days, you probably have an issue with your AC system. You may just be low or out of refrigerant or Freon. If the fan continues to blow warm air, the cause could be a leak in a hose, connector, or other part of the system. Even so, most leaks are small and hard to spot, so we inject a dye into the system to find even the smallest leaks.
Besides not having air conditioning, another warning sign that you have an issue with your AC is if you hear strange noises when you turn on your AC, like a rattling, banging, or humming. It could simply be leaves or debris causing an obstruction in your vents or system. These strange noises could also mean that a major part is worn out and needs to be replaced, such as a blower motor, fan, compressor, condenser or drier.
A couple other warning signs that you have an issue with your AC system is if you have an unpleasant smell coming from your vents or if you are getting water draining into your vehicle under the dashboard. When the A/C system is in use it produces water condensation that could allow mold and fungus to produce and multiply in and around your evaporator core. The air from your blower motor forces air across this surface and out through the vents in your dash, floor, and defroster. This results in the odor you smell when you first start your car and turn on your air conditioner. Another potential contributor to the unpleasant smell coming from your air vents could be from a dirty cabin air filter, which filters the air coming into the interior of your vehicle. The water condensation created by the AC system needs to drain and usually you can see the water underneath your vehicle, but sometimes the drain on the bottom of your car becomes damaged or clogged, so that water backs up. It will then flow into your vehicle itself, typically pooling under the dash and near the front floor mats.
Servicing your car’s air conditioning system annually will help you get the longest service life out of the various AC system components, saving you money in costly AC repair bills down the road. We perform AC diagnostics, evacuation and recharges, and replacement of major components of your AC system.