Keeping Cool During the Summer

Most people are so much happier when summer comes around. It’s the season devoted to leisure, sunny skies, outdoor barbecues, and other fun activities with family and friends. To really enjoy the good times, however, it helps to be prepared … like applying sunscreen, bug spray and packing towels for the beach.

The same can be said about automotive maintenance during the hot summer months – particularly your vehicle’s air conditioning system. Your car can get extremely hot and unbearable during the summer, so the last thing you want is to discover that your A/C is not working on a hot, humid 90-degree day.  Plus, it will save time and money to perform preventative maintenance on your A/C system before it becomes a major problem.

A typical A/C system has many parts that will degrade and weaken over time, including rubber seals, belts, and even oil.  To help prevent unwanted downtime and costly repairs, ensure A/C compressor drive belts are not cracked, burned, or otherwise damaged.

In addition, periodic air-conditioning system pressure and oil level inspection should be performed. The seals and hoses can lose elasticity and crack over time, causing Freon to escape and moisture to get inside the air conditioning system. If you smell a fishy odor, it could mean that bacteria or mold is growing in the system, so it should be checked out by an auto repair specialist.

Taking these minor steps to avoid leaks or damaged component(s) can go a long way to guarantee the A/C system is performing at its best – so you can keep your cool on those hot summer days.

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About the Author

Jake Vince

Jake Vince joined the commercial vehicle group in 2020. He is a Technical Editor for Mitchell 1’s Repair Connect Department. He has experience working not just the Heavy Truck Industry but Heavy Equipment and Automotive Industry. Having Served as Diesel Technician for the United States Navy, Repair and Service Technician for Ford, and as a Heavy Equipment/Truck Mechanic for many years. Jake is also a graduate of Universal Technical Institute having majored in automotive, diesel, Ford specific training and is star certified in California’s Smog program.