There may be a very good reason why the airflow from your auto aircon is not as strong as it used to be, especially at the beginning of the wet season. Learn why and what you can do to help prevent the cost and hassle of car air conditioning repairs.
Whilst Katherine in the wet season is an amazingly beautiful place, everything is vivid green, the water flows down rock faces and our beautiful Katherine River runs at its fullest. The thunder and lightning puts on a magnificent show (photographers dream), and the very welcome rain pours down in huge rain drops and in bucket loads, don’t forget we have just been through a long period of hot, dry, dusty conditions or the “build up”. During the build up your auto air conditioner will have been working overtime keeping you cool.
Drawing air from the outside of the vehicle the auto aircon sucks in dust and other small particles pollens insects etc. These can become lodged in your auto air conditioning components and overtime reduces the effectiveness of your air conditioner. The aircon evaporator or on more modern cars the aircon filter becomes clogged effecting the operation of the auto air conditioner. A good indication this has occurred is a reduction of airflow through the aircon vents.
So what can you do to minimise the effect of dust on your auto air conditioning system?
1/ Minimise the amount of dust and debris entering your aircon components, by having your auto air conditioner set on the recycle setting and ensure your windows are completely closed, thus minimising the outside air intake. This is especially important when traveling on dirt roads.
2/ If your vehicle is fitted with a filter (and not all vehicles have them) remove and clean the filters. If you are unsure if you’re particular vehicle has a filter refer to the owner’s manual which should also advise you of the location.
3/ Ask your auto electrician to service your auto air conditioning yearly. Your auto electrician will clean the evaporator or filters and provide you advice on any other auto air conditioning issues.
If you are interested in prevention rather than more expensive cures for auto aircon ills, then feel free to check us out at www.terrysautoelectical.com.au