Summer is here, and that means that your car can get very hot inside. Fortunately, there is an air conditioning system to help you stay cool while driving home from work or taking your kids to their activities. However, if your car's air conditioner is not working as it should, there are numerous reasons why. One of those reasons is that the unit has a leak. Here are a few of the warning signs that your automobile's air conditioner may be looking refrigerant or Freon.
Low Air Pressure
When you turn your car's air conditioner on, air should blow through the vents. You should be able to blow more air out by adjusting the settings. However, if you have a leak, air may also be leaking out of the lines, which may reduce the air pressure in your system. This may mean that barely any air is blowing into your car. If you notice this, there is a good chance you have a hole in the lines of your car's air conditioning system.
Refrigerant is Leaking Out of the Bottom Of Your Car
When you run your air conditioner, you may notice a puddle of water underneath your car after it has been parked or stopped for some time. This is normal. Unfortunately, this also makes it hard to determine if you have a leak as fluid under your car is normal. However, refrigerant is oily, whereas condensation and water is not. If the puddle has a slick or oily look to it, refrigerant or Freon may be leaking from your car.
Your Air Not Staying Cool After the Air Conditioner Has Been Recharged
The last sign that you have a leak is that your car's air conditioner is not staying cool despite being recharged. You shouldn't have to have your car's air conditioning unit recharged more than once every three to five years. If you just had it recharged a few months ago or even last summer, and you need it recharged again, you have a leak.
Unfortunately, air conditioning leaks are typically hard to diagnose yourself. If you notice any of these signs, you will want to take your car to a professional to make the diagnosis, find the leak and then repair it. If you suspect you have an air conditioner leak in the greater Hastings, MN area, let AA Auto Tech help. We are a full-service automotive repair shop offering tune-ups, brake repair, engine repair, oil changes, transmission repair and replacement, tire repair and replacement and car air conditioning repair and recharging. Stop by today or call ahead to schedule an appointment.