Beat the Heat | A/C Maintenance

The Kelowna forecast this week is sun and high temperatures – love it! As the long awaited summer weather has arrived, so too has the use of your vehicle’s A/C.

You’re probably thinking, beat the heat? We haven’t even seen a glimpse of summer yet here in the Okanagan. It’s coming! Check out the Kelowna forecast and you’ll be pleased to see what we did. With the heat on its way, we thought we’d better blast out our summer info, especially regarding A/C maintenance so you’re not left stranded without it.

Here are a few warning signs that indicate a malfunctioning A/C system. If noticing any of these symptoms, it’s best to take your vehicle into Motor Werke for a formal diagnosis:

 

1.    Your A/C airflow has become weaker.

  • Mold or mildew may have accumulated from residual moister built up from the cooling process. This prevents the air from traveling through your air vents.
  • Your vehicle’s ventilation fan could be broken or no longer sealed.

 

2.    Your A/C is not blowing cold air.

  • A failed or damaged component within your air conditioning system may be the cause.
  • A clog may have built up, typically caused by excess water or buildup of mold.
  • A leak or opened seal has occurred over time.

 

3.    You’re noticing an unpleasant smell coming from your A/C vents.

  • Most issues with an A/C system stem from excess moisture, which can cause mold and clogs.
  • You may need to replace your air cabin filter.

While these are the most common symptoms that you need A/C maintenance or repair, there are many others as well. Regardless, the best way to keep your vehicle’s A/C from failing is to have it serviced once a year. Contact us at the shop and book your vehicle in today to ensure your A/C doesn’t quit when the Okanagan heat hits and doesn’t let up.

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The Top 5 Summer Maintenance Tips

We’ve enjoyed a string of warm weather this past week, I think it is safe to say that summer is just around the corner! Whether you’re cleaning up your vehicle for summer or pulling the winter cover off your convertible, it’s time to prep your car for the desert heat.

We’ve enjoyed a string of warm weather this past week, I think it is safe to say that summer is just around the corner! Whether you’re cleaning up your vehicle for summer or pulling the winter cover off your convertible, it’s time to prep your car for the desert heat.

We’ve compiled a list of summer maintenance essentials to keep you on the road, travelling the Okanagan Valley soaking up those summer rays:

Check your tire pressure.

Underinflated, overinflated, worn or misaligned tires can impact the way your car handles in the summer heat. For example, each 10 degree increase in temperature results in an increase of 1 – 2 PSI. A good tip is to have a tire pressure gauge in your car at all times so you can beat the heat.

Check your oil and get it changed.

Oil is the lifeblood of your engine, so you definitely don’t want to ignore this one. As a general rule of thumb, it’s always best to get a fresh oil change heading into the summer months to ensure your engine is running smoothly.

Check your air filter.

A dirty air filter can decrease your fuel consumption significantly. Most air filters collect a lot of dirt over the winter – salt, sand, etc. Take a quick moment and check your air filter and ensure you’re not spending more at the pump than you should. If it’s noticeably dirty, it’s time to change it!

Replace your windshield wipers.

Snow, ice and hail can really damage your windshield wipers. Before you get stuck in a rainstorm, test your wipers to ensure they don’t streak. If they do, get them changed. It’s an easy fix that should last you the whole summer.

Measure the coolant.

This is an easy one to overlook after a long cold winter but one that can’t be forgotten. It’s not uncommon in hot weather for engines to overheat at low speeds. Without air passing through to help cool your engine down, you’re relying 100% on the coolant. The solution, check your coolant before you get stuck in the heat.

Follow these 5 summer maintenance tips and you will be well on your way to making your car road ready. If you’re unsure how to complete any of these steps, book an appointment, come on by the shop and we’ll ensure your car is set for summer. Looking forward to another beautiful summer in Kelowna!

What’s that smell? | Air Conditioning Systems

If you live in the Okanagan, you probably use your air conditioner daily throughout the summer. Unpleasant odors, mainly caused by mildew growth, are a common problem for all types of air conditioners.

Air Conditioning Maintenance & Prevention

If you live in Kelowna, you probably use your air conditioning system daily throughout the summer. Unpleasant odors, mainly caused by mildew growth, are a common problem for all types of air conditioners. In cars specifically, mildew growth occurs when individuals run their A/C on re-circulation constantly, or when the drain gets clogged. Since the A/C system doesn’t dry out completely, the mildew starts to grow and the odor begins! You might ask yourself, “What’s that smell…?”

Odors coming from your air conditioning can affect your health, especially if you have allergies. Simply put, the mildew and mold growing in your A/C will travel inside of the vehicle and affect air quality.

Here is what you do to prevent the build-up of mildew & odor:

  • Run it on re-circulation only when something smells offensive outside, or you want to cool down very quickly.
  • Increase the amount of fresh air intake into your A/C vents (turn off re-circulation).
  • Monitor your A/C drain to ensure it isn’t clogged or experiencing water build-up.

Tips to remove the unpleasant odor effects:

  • Run the heater on full for a while; this will dry out the A/C system and might ‘cook’ the mildew.
  • Change your cabin air filter (if you have one).
  • Purchase mildew-remover spray for the A/C system (read the instructions carefully).
  • Let us inspect your vehicle at Motor Werke.

Coolant Smell

Do you smell antifreeze from your air vents? The smell of hot coolant is very distinctive and has a strong, sweet odor. If it seems stronger when the heat is on, it’s possible that leaking coolant odors are traveling in with the ventilation air from an under-hood leak. Any sign of coolant odors or leaks should be inspected immediately to prevent any engine damage. Again, we’d love to have you visit the shop for a formal diagnosis. Book your appointment now!