Air conditioner troubles in modern vehicles can often be caused by airflow or operational problems. The first step in diagnosing the problem is to examine the vehicle. The first step to evaluate the air conditioning system is to inspect every visible component. The technician will then connect the correct A/C service device to the vehicle based on its type. After that, he or she will test the pressure and measure the refrigerant levels and compare them with manufacturer specifications. After this test, the technician will determine if the problem is related to a leak or lack of pressure.
Cabin air filters that are clogged often need to be replaced. Clogged filters can reduce the airflow to your AC system and cause a blowout. Clogged cabin air filters can also limit ventilation which makes it harder to maintain a comfortable temperature in the car. Firestone Complete Auto Care can check the filter for you.
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The refrigerant travels then through high pressure lines to the condenser. Similar to a radiator in a vehicle, the condenser brings the liquid into the condenser to absorb the heat. The liquid is then pumped into the expansion valve, orifice tube. There it is limited and converted to a gaseous condition into the low-pressure A/C side.
A lack of air flow in the summer heat is frustrating. The problem is difficult to diagnose. There are many possible causes of insufficient airflow. This could be due to mold or mildew buildup in the evaporator core. Other possibilities include a loose fitting hose, an inefficient ventilation fan, and blown seals. Your problem with your air conditioner can be fixed by a professional mechanic.
The refrigerant flows then through high-pressure cables to the condenser. The condenser works in the same way as a radiator and introduces the liquid inside the vehicle to fresh air. This is used to absorb heat. The liquid then flows into the expansion tube or orifice tub, where it becomes gaseous and enters the low-pressure part of the A/C system.
There are several ways to detect a leak in your air conditioner. Black light-enabled colors are one option. Many refrigerants have UV dyes that allow them to be visible under a dark light. The "sniffer" is a special tool that can detect potential leaks and pinpoint chemical compounds in refrigerants. These options are available to you if you ask your service technician!