In this hot and humid weather in Singapore, car air conditioning is a really important feature to keep us comfortable when we are driving. However, the damage will inevitably occur as a result of ageing and frequent usage.
Signs will be shown when your car’s airconditioning requires service. We bring you 5 signs of a failing air-conditioner.
1. Take very long to cool
Aircon that takes significantly longer to cool is most likely due to insufficient refrigerant, a clogged expansion tube or refrigerant charging hose, broken compressor, damaged condenser or evaporator, or a failed fuse or switch. Your maintenance may vary from small to a major repair depending on the cause.
2. Leaking dashboard
Water stains can be seen when your dashboard is leaking, which could be led by a clogged or split hose. The clogged hose will drain the air conditioner’s moisture into the car instead of going out of the bottom.
When faced with a leaking dashboard, head to the mechanics straight away, because this can create further damage and problems to other components.
3. Strange sound
It is an obvious sign that you need to head to a car workshop if rattling sounds can be heard when the air conditioner is turned on. This could be an indication of a broken fan belt or condenser, and also debris clogged in the fan. Do not ignore the unusual sound, as there might be a more serious problem behind it.
4. Foul smell
Foul smells may indicate a dirty air filter. Cleaning or a replacement of air filter if necessary can help solve the problem. Regular replacement of air filter can decrease the chance of long-term damage to your car air conditioning system. Besides that, it can help reduce fuel consumption.
The smell might also indicate that there’s mould inside the air vent which can cause a respiratory problem for some people! Regular cleaning can help fix this issue.
5. Starts cool then suddenly gets warm
If your air conditioner is cool at first and gets warm suddenly, this may be caused by a clogged valve that is preventing the refrigerant from entering the evaporator. However, there might be many more causes, therefore seek professional mechanics as soon as possible to rectify the problem.
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