Inspecting Your Vehicles A/C System

It’s officially Spring and you know the heat of summer is right around the corner! Our West Hartford expert mechanics advise that you have your vehicles air conditioning inspected before the first heat wave. After you drive your vehicle for 5 years, it’s easy to get used to a working A/C and take the cold air for granted. Your vehicles A/C system is similar to a check engine light in where once it shows signs of wear, it is important to take care of it early so that a small repair doesn’t become a large one. It could be as simple as recharging the system with refrigerant and leak seal, but if you are experiencing any of the below symptoms then it is important to have a mechanic diagnose and repair your air conditioner before the problems get worse. 

A/C is Blowing Hot Air:

If your auto A/C is blowing hot air then you might have a leak that needs to be fixed. If you have a slow leak and the system holds a charge for more than 2 weeks, then a leak sealer could do the trick.  There are leak sealers for both rubber and metal components of your AC system.  The A/C system has many mechanical components that can fail and they can be pricey if they fail.  The fIrst option you should try to do yourself is to recharge your A/C system with refrigerant and a leak sealer, but if this doesn’t work then you should bring your car into us for repair.

A/C Has Weak Airflow:

You may feel cold air coming out of your air vents, but the airflow is weak and not enough to cool you. This symptom could have many underlying causes including mold or mildew, a loose hose, a bad fan, or leaking seals.  An older A/C system is prone to leaks and it’s important that it stays sealed. Once an A/C system begins to leak it can cause much bigger problems further down the road. A broken seal is easy to fix, but replacing a damaged component caused by the leak will be costly.

A/C Air Smells:

An odor coming from your air vents could just mean that your cabin air filter needs replacing.  If this doesn’t fix the smell however, then you could be experiencing a mold or mildew accumulation. The cooling process creates moisture that can get trapped and become a breeding ground. This is especially common in the evaporator case when the drain is blocked. If addressed early the fix could be as simple as unclogging the drain, but if that trapped moisture gets into your system then you have a much bigger problem.

If you see any of these issues with your vehicles A/C system, we advise you call the International Auto Service Center at (860) 953-1675 or email us at customerservice@iascct.com for an appointment today! We will answer any questions you have and recommend all repairs and services!


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