Summers in Texas can be brutal. Temperatures can top out at over 100 degrees, so keeping your car’s air conditioner working properly is essential. If your AC stops working, rolling the windows down and letting in the hot air won’t do very much to keep you cool. It’s best to get your AC fixed or recharged before it goes out completely. Here are three signals that your AC might need repairing or recharged before it’s too late.
Loss of Cooling Power
This is one of the most obvious signs that your system needs recharging. When you first get your car, the air conditioning works like a champ. It only needs to be on for a few minutes before your car feels like an icebox. Over time though, it takes longer and longer for your car to get as cool as it did before.
AC Clutch Fails to Engage
When your air conditioning is turned up to maximum you should be able to hear an audible click. This is the Air Conditioner Clutch engaging after getting a signal from the AC pressure switch. When the pressure in the system falls too low, the pressure switch won’t signal the clutch, and the system won’t circulate any refrigerant.
Visible Signs of Refrigerant Leaks
Mysterious fluids pooling under your car are never a good thing. We all know the fluid rainbow, oil is black or brown, transmission fluid is red, antifreeze is green, well refrigerant leaks are different. They don’t drip. The refrigerant is only liquid under pressure, so if there is a leak the gas dissipates. So if you’re looking under your hood, and notice a greasy film on your AC components, that generally meany you have a leak.
If you’re AC runs for too long without repair or recharge, you may lose it all together. In the burning Texas summer, this can be a real disaster. The pro’s at North Star Dodge Jeep Ram are having a special now, a full AC inspection for only $29.95. Get your system checked today.