Take Time Out To Diagnose Busted Air Conditioner Before Next Heatwave Hits

For the strong-willed drivers among us, a non-functioning air conditioning system is something they can often ignore. “Roll the windows down and feel the breeze in your hair,” they say. Then a heatwave hits and the 90-plus degree temperatures outside are about equal to what it feels like inside the cabin of the car. Even with all the windows down and driving at highway speeds, the heat inside the vehicle refuses to dissipate. Understandably, you probably wish you fixed that air conditioner when you had the chance. AT ECP Inc, reviews of the auto detailing and protective coating product provider will prove that employees there love all things automotive. With that in mind, continue reading to find some of the best ways to determine the source of a busted air conditioner before the next stretch of hot days.

To begin, the vehicle must be running for the air conditioner to kick in. Put an ear up to one of the vents inside the car and listen for any noises coming from under the hood and through the vent. Similarly, take a whiff of the air blowing out to better determine if there’s a leak in the system. If the air flowing from the vents seems off, the problem could be the blend door that dictates whether hot or cold air enters the cabin. If these tests yield no clues, pop off the cover of the fuse panel and either visually inspect the fuses or use a multimeter to make sure the slots associated with the air conditioning system are working.

Moving on to issues located under the hood, auto experts suggest that the blower motor may be the culprit. This part blows both hot and cold air so if there’s a problem with both and not just the AC, this could be why. Cleaning off the radiator, which is almost always located at the front of the vehicle, is another way to troubleshoot because the air conditioner condenser is often located in this immediate area. Further diving into the depths of the engine bay, it may be time to take a look at the air conditioner compressor. The clutch on this component must engage for the system to work. Fortunately, all you need to do is look at the part to know if the clutch is moving. If not, you’ve found the source of your problem. It’s also likely that the compressor belt has broken or is too lose; a replacement will be needed in either of these cases.

Reviews of ECP Inc show that the company, which has offered protection products to new car dealerships since 1969, takes auto concerns very seriously. Follow the steps above and you’ll likely be able to get to the bottom of things concerning your air conditioner.