Car Care Guide: The HVAC System
You may not think about your car’s HVAC system much. That is until there’s a problem.
Your vehicle’s heating, venting, and air conditioning system keeps the temperature and humidity levels in the right zone so that your car’s interior is comfortable no matter what’s happening outside. The HVAC also helps the defroster to work more efficiently. Here’s what you need to know about this important system.
Why your HVAC system needs attention
Appropriate heating and cooling are vital for the comfort of you and your passengers. But safety is at stake, too. If the defroster isn’t working as it should, you’re looking at a safety hazard for you and the others you’re sharing the road with. You don’t have to worry about your HVAC system working properly as long as you’re practicing proper maintenance.
What to expect from typical HVAC service
When an auto technician is doing an inspection, he’ll be looking at:
- Overall operation, using pressure.
- Charge of refrigerant.
- Outlet temperatures.
If your system is low on refrigerant, the mechanic will do a leak test to find the source. He may also check for indications of refrigerant cross-contamination, which can cause coolant issues. The final thing your auto technician will want to look at is the air conditioner’s compressor’s drive belt and the tension.
Signs and symptoms of HVAC trouble
Here’s what you may notice if your HVAC system is having problems:
- The AC isn’t as cold as it should be, or the heat doesn’t seem to be as warm.
- You’re hearing loud noises when the air conditioner or heater is running.
- The heater or AC simply stops working all together OR you can’t get it to turn off.
Expert HVAC care is a game-changer
Don’t trust your car care to just anyone. You want your vehicle to last a long time and serve you well with as few problems as possible.Much of that depends on staying on top of a maintenance schedule AND the auto technicians you choose to work with.
At Conrad’s, you can trust that our expert technicians are giving your vehicle the best care possible.