Anything and everything (including us, fleshy humans) require regular maintenance after a stipulated time in order to ensure that it runs smoothly and for a longer period of time. This goes doubly so for complex machinery like your car.
Case in point, your car’s air conditioning system is often the most underlooked component when it comes to servicing.
The air conditioning unit is one of the MOST important features in a car and it is a top priority when it comes to things to look out for in a new vehicle. This is especially true in our hot and humid climate where ACs are not only a requirement but a necessity. After a few months or maybe up to a year, you may feel like your car’s AC is a little weaker than what it used to be. And if you’re a responsible car owner, you would’ve already had your car serviced multiple times throughout this time period. So why not do the same for your AC?
Ignoring the telltale signs of your car’s air conditioning unit deterioration will lead to plenty of problems, not least the obvious one where your car becomes a moving oven when your AC simply stops working.
Signs You Need To Service Your Air Conditioning System
Contrary to popular belief, you don’t necessarily have to head to a local workshop in order to get your air conditioning system inspected. In fact, there are a few basic signs that you can review when you inspect your car’s AC on your own.
After all, car service in Malaysia is not always the cheapest thing to do.
First, check for any signs of malfunction in the system. Start your car engine then turn on the air conditioning once it’s warm enough. Carefully listen for any unusual noises that come out from the AC system. This could be knocking sounds or something blocking the air canal or even something benign yet constant when you are driving.
The second thing you should inspect is the air pressure of your air conditioning. Check to see if the air coming out of the AC is too cold. If it is, it may indicate that your AC is due for service. Another indicator is the smell that comes out of the AC vents. If there is a weird smell, you could have a possible leak in the air conditioning unit.
Last but not least, another inspection that you may do on your end is checking your AC’s compressor. One of the easiest ways to find out whether your AC compressor is working properly is to check the cabin temperature. If it’s too high, it could indicate that the compressor is not working as well as it used to. A damaged compressor won’t be able to regulate the refrigerant properly which would lead to non-uniform dispersion of cool air in the car. Otherwise, also take note of any foreign sounds when your air conditioning is turned on as this is another potential system for a failing AC compressor.
Likewise, a dirty air filter could also be a contributing factor to your AC’s sudden drop in performance. If the air filter is not cleaned from time to time, the airflow will slowly but surely get restricted. This would mean that the amount of cool air coming out of the vents will be greatly reduced. Another terrible side effect of air filter negligence is the build-up of allergens on dirty air filters which will likely cause some health problems when they enter your body through the cycled air in the car. Thus, we strongly advise you to get your air filters checked regularly.
If you’re concerned about costs, cleaning your air filters at home is one of the most simple things you may do for your car’s air-cond maintenance. Simply take out the air filter and clean it regularly, it’s that simple!
How Often Should You Service Your Car’s Air Conditioner
There is no right answer to this question, unfortunately. But what we can advise is whenever you get your car serviced, get the AC checked at the same time. If there are issues arising from your air conditioning unit, then you will need to get it serviced, simple as that. As a general rule of thumb, most car air conditioning will need to be serviced after a year or so.
The Verdict: What Happens When You Neglect To Service Your Car’s AC?
By now, it should be clear to you that your car’s AC system should be serviced on occasion as it is a vital part of your vehicle — lest, of course, you’re willing to brave the blistering heat of Malaysia’s gruelling summertime.