What is that water that intermittently drips inside your vehicle from the auto air conditioning and what can you do about it?
Whilst the rainy part of this year’s wet season may have been mediocre the humidity is high, and nature is taking full advantage of the humidity and the sunshine. The birds are hatching their young, bugs and flowers are doing their thing, the lightening and dark clouds are all around and the grass is growing at a phenomenal rate. Funny how the growth rate of grass is in direct proportion to the ability of your ride on lawn mower or slasher to mow it, and ever noticed if your mower/slasher breaks down the grass grows twice as quickly.
And guess what? Not only are the mossies bitting, the auto aircon is going at full pelt which brings about the point of this blog.
Have you ever been driving along and suddenly your passenger lets out a squeal and rapidly moves their feet? (It can be quite entertaining when it’s not happening to you). The passenger slowly relaxes and forgets about the icy chill until drip there it is again.
This dripping is caused by icy water from a blocked auto aircon outflow pipe intermittently dripping onto the passenger’s feet. And boy is that water icy.
An auto aircon removes moisture (humidity) from the air. This moisture is then diverted down an outlet pipe onto the road. If this outlet becomes blocked the evaporated water leaks into vehicle, usually onto the passengers feet. Blockages are caused by obvious things like ants, wasps building nests and general dust and debris.
Here are three things you can do to remedy it:
- a regular spray with a good insect surface spray helps to keep ants out of your car. (Dealing with ants in your car is discussed in an earlier blog) “Does your auto electrical system have ants in its amps” http://terrysautoelectrical.com.au/2015/01/auto-electrical-system-ants-amps/
- locate and clean the outlet pipe which is usually a rubber pipe that runs from the inside of the vehicle to the outside of the fire wall.
- request that your Australian Refrigeration Council (ARC) licenced Auto Electrician checks the outlet at your yearly auto air conditioning service.
Did you know that servicing of auto air conditioning is not part of your vehicles regular services? (Check your service manual you will rarely if ever see auto air-conditioning as part of the vehicles scheduled service.)
Should you ever require the services of a mobile auto electrician for auto electrical or auto air conditioning work, in the Katherine region please visit www.terrysautoelectical.com.au to see what Terry can do for you.
Terry’s Auto Electrical & Auto Air-Conditioning is ARC registered AU32253.
Terry’s licence is L095095
Don’t forget Terry is mobile and comes to you, he also fixes the electrics on ride on mowers and slashers.
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