One of the most important comfort features in vehicles is the A/C. It's commonly forgotten about until it breaks or you need it urgently. With the press of a button, it starts working and cools or warms up the interior. But how does it exactly work, and what are some common problems? Well, if you continue reading, you will find out exactly that. Below we will explain how it works and a few other important things, so continue reading if you want to learn more.
How Does It Work Exactly?
Simply put, your A/C has two main mechanisms: one for cooling and the other for heating. Let's start with the cooling mechanism. Of course, it has fans that blow the air into the air ducts, but before that, it goes through a cooling chamber filled with a special liquid. This liquid is also found in some refrigerators, and it works on the same principle. Heating is almost the same, but instead of a cooling chamber, it's a heating one. The heat, however, comes from your vehicle's cooling system. It is transferred from your engine to the heater core and then to the air that is blown in the cabin.
Of course, this is a very simplified explanation of the two main things that happen in the A/C system. Now let's take a look at a few common problems and how to avoid them.
A Few Problems You Might Come Across And How To Avoid Them
A common problem in A/C systems is leaks. They can happen at almost every connection or pipeline, so make sure to check them regularly. Another common one is with the core heater and engine cooling system because they are connected. While it's usually ignored or forgotten, make sure to put the A/C system on your maintenance checklist, to be safe.
A/C Repairs At Cottman of Waldorf!
Is your A/C causing you headaches? If that's the case, make sure to stop by our shop so the mechanics can take a look. For appointments, please call (301) 710-0744 or book online!