car ac not blowing cold air

car ac not blowing cold air

Car Ac Not Blowing Cold Air

Car Air-conditioning Compressor I get a lot of questions about car air conditioning systems not blowing cold enough. Especially during hot humid summer days. Most people would like to see frigid cold air blasting from their small dash vents instantly upon request. Now that this page is getting some heavy traffic I am adding some additional information and a new “Simple Fixes” video at the bottom along with some related tools and equipment for people who want to take it to the next level. So lets get that cold air back. If we get lucky it won’t be one of the three worst car air conditioning problems on older cars. Remember, when your cars bake in the sun, for even a short time, the heat stores up in large quantities. You must remove this before it starts to feel cool inside. But what if the air doesn’t seem to get cold after 5 minutes? Unfortunately, a variety of factors affect the actual output temperature at the dash AC vents. To follow you’ll find a few examples of common problems that I often discover when inspecting a car air conditioning system not performing as well as it should be. Without a doubt the most common problem that I find is an incorrect Freon charge. The amount of Freon in the system is extremely critical. The manufacturer installs the exact amount that is required for the system to perform at its peak. GM Car AC compressor This exact charge is so critical it is documented in the vehicle’s engine compartment down to the ounce. A few ounces short of a full charge can result in inadequate cooling under high heat loads due to lack of reserve refrigerant. A telltale sign of this condition would be for a compressor clutch to cycle on and off faster than usual. The rapid clicking sound generated from this condition can usually be heard from inside the vehicle. Sometimes when people try to recharge a system on their own they fill it with an AC stop leak product. To much of this stuff can make things worse. In other cases people actually overcharge the system which can cause poor cooling performance just as much as low Freon levels. In extreme examples an overcharge of refrigerant can even cause AC compressor damage and noisy operation. Loss of AC Efficiency Car AC Condenser Not as common as the Freon issue mentioned above, but one common in my area at this time of the year is a radiator or a condenser considerably clogged with bugs, dust and dirt, or road debris and trash. When this junk starts to reduce the airflow that passes through the radiator and then through the condenser it can cause higher than normal high-pressure readings. This in turn can knock several degrees off of the output temperature in the cabin. This is the kind of problem that slowly gets worse over time. It is very rare that people will take the time to check or clean the radiator and condenser. The fleet company I work for has made this operation part of the scheduled service operations. We have a pressure washer and we physically clean the radiator and condenser fins every 20,000 miles. AC Test Gauges Although there are lots of other problems that can cause poor cooling the two mentioned above are ones that I find often. If you think your car air conditioning is not blowing cold enough the first step is to check the output temperature at the center duct with a thermometer. I made a video showing how to run an AC performance test. Make sure the re-circulation or max air mode is selected and the blower is on low speed. 40 – 50 degrees is perfect. On hot humid days in south Florida 55 degrees is welcomed. Step 2 is to have a professional connect a manifold gauge set and get high and low side pressure readings. With these readings a logical path of diagnosis can get your AC blowing cold as it should be. Read more on this subject if you plan on finding a mechanic to recharge the car air-conditioning. I put together a repair modules section on my you fix cars website that talks about the theory and operation of car air conditioning. Understanding how the system works is very helpful for problem solving. You can also head back to this blog’s main page and get some more automotive repair information. In this next video Pat Goss talks about things you can check at home before seeking service. This is good stuff and worth the 4 minutes. Note at the end Pat recommends professional service for charging AC systems. This might be a bit over cautious but he is right that it can be dangerous for inexperienced do it yourselfer’s. Mr Goss is for sure right that putting too much Freon in the system can destroy the compressor. It’s possible to do thousands of dollars in damage by doing it wrong! If you decide to go for it Read the instructions carefully. Tags: Auto repair information, auto repair problem, car problems, diy car repair
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Car Ac Not Blowing Cold Air

Monday, 08 May, 2017 Hope Faye Red-hot, sweltering, oppressive, blistering – however you want to describe it, summers in the Dallas-Fort Worth area are intense to say the least. When driving, the only thing protecting you from a shirt full of sweat is the air conditioning, and if that’s not working, you’re in for some discomfort. Here are a few common car air conditioning system issues and what they typically mean. If you’re experiencing any of these symptoms, bring your car, truck or SUV to our auto shop in DFW for service. My AC is blowing warm air. If your car’s AC is blowing warm air, even after the car runs for a while, it may indicate that you have a Freon/refrigerant leak or a broken compressor clutch, which should engage (spin) when working. Several other issues can also cause an AC not to blow cold air as well, including a bad solenoid, bad fuses or vacuum leaks. The air pressure from my AC is weak. Or, I feel cold air, but it’s not blowing out of the vents. If you turn the AC from low to max and the air pressure doesn’t increase, you may have a loose hose or broken ventilation fan/blower motor. In addition, air may have a hard time getting through if there’s been abundant mold development, seals within the system are not properly in place or you need a new cabin air filter. The air from my car’s AC smells funky. Frequently, this is due to an old cabin air filter that needs to be replaced. Another very common issue is mold or mildew, which may develop when moisture sits in the system. My car’s AC is making a weird noise. This could mean that there is a problem with the compressor, especially if you hear a rattling sound. Another common sound is squealing when the AC is turned on, which is often due to belt issues and typically unrelated to the air conditioning system. To ensure a proper diagnosis, have one of the professionals at our service center check your Honda. Categories: Parts, Service Request More Info Search Blog Search Subscribe to Our Blog RSS 2.0 Video – RSS 2.0 Popular Tags 2015 Honda Odyssey 2016 Honda Accord 2016 Honda Civic Coupe 2016 Honda Clarity 2016 Honda CR-V 2016 Honda CR-Z 2016 Honda HR-V 2016 Honda Pilot 2017 Honda Accord Hybrid 2017 Honda Civic Hatchback 2017 Honda Ridgeline Car AC Maintenance Tips car maintenance tips car washing tips Car Window Tint Benefits dream park Engine Air Filter Replacement events near fort worth Food & Wine Fort Worth Events fort worth stock show Fort Worth Texas Fort Worth Zoo Run Honda Accord Honda Civic Honda Civic Tourer Honda CR-V Honda Fit Honda Models Recognized Honda S660 Roadster Share Facebook Twitter
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Car Ac Not Blowing Cold Air

Monday, 08 May, 2017 Hope Faye Red-hot, sweltering, oppressive, blistering – however you want to describe it, summers in the Dallas-Fort Worth area are intense to say the least. When driving, the only thing protecting you from a shirt full of sweat is the air conditioning, and if that’s not working, you’re in for some discomfort. Here are a few common car air conditioning system issues and what they typically mean. If you’re experiencing any of these symptoms, bring your car, truck or SUV to our auto shop in DFW for service. My AC is blowing warm air. If your car’s AC is blowing warm air, even after the car runs for a while, it may indicate that you have a Freon/refrigerant leak or a broken compressor clutch, which should engage (spin) when working. Several other issues can also cause an AC not to blow cold air as well, including a bad solenoid, bad fuses or vacuum leaks. The air pressure from my AC is weak. Or, I feel cold air, but it’s not blowing out of the vents. If you turn the AC from low to max and the air pressure doesn’t increase, you may have a loose hose or broken ventilation fan/blower motor. In addition, air may have a hard time getting through if there’s been abundant mold development, seals within the system are not properly in place or you need a new cabin air filter. The air from my car’s AC smells funky. Frequently, this is due to an old cabin air filter that needs to be replaced. Another very common issue is mold or mildew, which may develop when moisture sits in the system. My car’s AC is making a weird noise. This could mean that there is a problem with the compressor, especially if you hear a rattling sound. Another common sound is squealing when the AC is turned on, which is often due to belt issues and typically unrelated to the air conditioning system. To ensure a proper diagnosis, have one of the professionals at our service center check your Honda. Categories: Parts, Service

Car Ac Not Blowing Cold Air

Car Ac Not Blowing Cold Air
Car Ac Not Blowing Cold Air
Car Ac Not Blowing Cold Air
Car Ac Not Blowing Cold Air

Published on Mar 11, 2017 | Under Car | By michael ellis
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