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Summer’s Here! Time to Check Your Vehicle’s A/C!

Whether you enjoy lazy drives on a summer day or you’re gearing up for the family vacation, when the weather starts to get warm, it’s time to have your vehicle’s air conditioning checked!

Because your A/C isn’t getting used all winter, the first time you turn it on once it’s heating up outside, you may notice it isn’t working up to its optimal level.

Routine maintenance

It’s recommended that you have your car’s air conditioning inspected every year.

Your best option is to take your car to a trusted mechanic to get the A/C checked out and serviced.

Here’s what they’ll be looking at.

The belt

The cooling system has a belt that can keep your air conditioner from working properly if it needs to be replaced. Your mechanic can tell from a visual inspection if the belt is in good shape.

Vent temperature

This involves checking the freon level. It may need to be topped off or totally refilled. If it’s low, your A/C won’t cool down the inside of your vehicle.

Cabin air filter

If this filter is clogged or dirty, that refreshing cool air won’t be able to get through! Your mechanic may need to change the filter. This is also important if you have any allergy sufferers in your family. Pollen and other allergens can clog the filter and reduce the air quality as well as the cooling capacity.


The garage can run a dye through the system that will alert them to any leaks that may be present. Repairing a leak can make all the difference in how efficiently your A/C is running.

Check for yourself

While it’s best to have your system checked out by a professional once a year, there are some inspections you can do yourself prior to your visit to the mechanic. This allows you to alert them of anything you notice that may be amiss.

Here’s what you can do:

  • Crank the A/C up to the highest setting and make sure the air coming out is cold.
  • Make sure the different fan speeds are working, from low to high.
  • Take a look under the hood, near the bottom of the windshield to see if there is any leaf build-up. Another place to check for leaves is behind the front grill. Either of these can reduce the cool air flow from reaching you.
  • Do you notice any unusual odors? Mold and mildew can develop during the time your air conditioner isn’t in use.
  • Do you hear any unusual sounds under the dashboard? There could be something stuck in one of the vents or you may have some type of broken mechanism.

Now’s the time to get your air conditioner serviced so that you can enjoy comfortable drives in the hot summer! Check things out yourself so that you can let your mechanic know specific areas to look at when you take your vehicle in for its yearly check-up!

Make an appointment to check your car’s A/C at Conrad’s today! We’d love to see you!