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If you live in a hot climate like Tucson, your A/C can be a lifesaver on those triple-digit temperature days. You may be maintaining other parts of your car but have you considered conducting periodic maintenance on your air conditioning? Well, if you haven’t this is the post for you! Let’s take a look at some of the maintenance you should be doing to ensure your air conditioner functions optimally year-round even if you only use it in the summer.

Your A/C Serves Multiple Purposes

You might only think of your air conditioner as your savior on hot days but the A/C also has another function: it removes humidity from the cabin of your vehicle. With this feature in mind, you can use your air conditioner during the winter to keep the fog off of the inside of your windshield on those chilly days.

Running your air conditioner at least once a week will also help keep the compressor seals lubricated so you won’t have to deal with any refrigerant leaks.

Clean Your Vents

Along with the other areas that you detail, you should make sure that your air conditioner vents are clean and free of any dust, dirt, or mildew. The tiny hidden crevices along with the moisture that can build up due to constant temperature variation can cause harmful fungus and bacteria to grow.

There are specialized sanitizing treatments that you can have a local mechanic perform to ensure that all of the vents are free from biological growths. Additionally, you can buy specialty sprays that will work in a pinch to deodorize the vents.

Clean the Condenser

The condenser plays an important role in ensuring your air conditioner is blowing icy cool air during the hot summer months. One of the best things that you can do to extend the life of your air conditioner is to clean the condenser once a year. We recommend you have professionals do this because they can also check for faults or broken pieces while they’re cleaning it as well.

Clean or Replace the Filter

Filters are especially susceptible to becoming clogged with dirt and grime over time. If your filter is clogged, the air flow will become compromised, and the system’s overall efficiency will be reduced. Take a look at your filter a couple of times a year to ensure that it’s clean and if it is too far gone, you can easily replace it.

Check the System for Leaks

Because the air conditioner uses refrigerant to cool the incoming air, there is always a potential for leaks. Even tiny leaks in the system can reduce the operational efficiency of the air conditioner system. It can be challenging to find these small leaks if you aren’t experienced, so we recommend having an experienced repair shop take a look at the system, and they will also be able to repair them quickly.

Extend the Life of Your Air Conditioner at Clutch Auto!

Bring your car to the speedway auto care experts at Clutch Auto Repair for your air conditioner maintenance needs! We’ll ensure that your vehicle is in tip-top shape for the road ahead.

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