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Debunking 5 Common Myths about Vehicle Air Conditioning (A/C) Problems

Myth 1: “A slow-cooling A/C system just needs more refrigerant.”

If your vehicle’s A/C system is slow to cool, simply adding more refrigerant may not solve the problem. While a low refrigerant level can affect cooling performance, there are other factors to consider. Issues such as a malfunctioning compressor, a clogged expansion valve, or a faulty fan can also impact cooling efficiency. It’s important to have a professional technician diagnose the root cause of the problem for an accurate and effective solution.

    Myth 2: “Running the A/C on the highest setting consumes more fuel.”

    Contrary to popular belief, running the vehicle’s air conditioning on the highest setting does not significantly affect fuel consumption. Modern vehicles are designed to handle the additional load of the A/C system efficiently. In most cases, rolling down the windows at high speeds can create drag and impact fuel efficiency more than running the A/C.

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    Myth 3: “A foul smell from the A/C vents means that I have a major problem with my car.”

      If you notice a foul odour coming from the A/C vents, it doesn’t necessarily mean you need to invest in a major repair for your vehicle. The smell is considered normal and often caused by bacterial or mold growth on the evaporator coil, the condensation build up happens due to the temperature difference between the hot incoming fresh air and the A/C refrigerant temperature in your dashboard.  The cabin air filter must be cleaned or replaced and the air ducts vacuumed after lack of use or a car being stored. Regularly replacing cabin air filters and having the A/C system cleaned and disinfected can eliminate the odour and restore fresh, clean air.  Inquire with us about products that can kill and neutralize the odours in your A/C system.

      Myth 4: “A/C systems never need maintenance.”

      Some vehicle owners believe that A/C systems are maintenance-free. However, like other components of your vehicle, the A/C system requires periodic maintenance. Regular inspections, cleaning, and servicing can help identify and address issues such as clogged condenser coils, worn-out belts, or faulty electrical connections. Proper maintenance ensures optimal cooling performance and prolongs the lifespan of your A/C system.  A maintenance check up can save you money, rather than waiting until it fails.

      Myth 5: “If my Air Conditioning is broken I should just buy a new car because it will be too expensive to fix”

      Many times we’ve heard people say not to even look at their broken air conditioning because they believe it will be a costly repair, and often they will consider a new car just because of the A/C not functioning. As a full service auto repair facility, we understand that concern as issues like the compressor and the condenser can be expensive, but quite often we see small leaks and orings, pressure switches or even something as simple as the fuse that has failed, costing fractions of the cost of a system overhaul. Avoiding having your air conditioning looked at could cost you comfort and an enjoyable summer drive – all for a relatively simple repair.

        By dispelling these common myths about vehicle air conditioning problems, we can make informed decisions and take appropriate action when issues arise. Remember, regular maintenance, prompt repairs, and professional diagnosis are key to maintaining a reliable and efficient A/C system in your vehicle. If you experience any air conditioning problems, it’s always best to consult with a qualified automotive technician to ensure the proper functioning of your vehicle’s A/C system. The staff at Motor Werke have years of experience diagnosing and repairing air conditioning systems, reach out to one of our staff if you have any questions or concerns.

        Stay cool and enjoy comfortable drives throughout the summer!

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