Honda Accord Interior Air Conditioning

Stubborn drivers might decide that they can deal with an air conditioning system that's out of commission, but in the end that's a costly mistake. For starters, driving around in a car that is too hot is at the very least miserable, if not dangerous. Secondly, your car actually suffers the consequences of a non-working AC system, too. When one part of the AC system isn't working properly, or if a component becomes clogged, it can strain other parts that have to work harder to keep air circulating.

In the end, you might go from having to repair one simple part to dealing with more complex repairs. Since it can be tough to figure out the origin of AC system ailments, you're best off bringing your car in for an appointment at our service center, such as the experienced team at Showcase Honda. Before you come in, there are some signs to look out for that might help you determine what's causing the problem.

Does the car's interior feel moist, or is there a strange smell when you turn the AC system on?

Normally, your car's air conditioning system works by cleaning, cooling, and drying outside air, then dispersing into the cabin. However, moisture can build up around the AC system's components, which in turn causes them to stop filtering air correctly. Eventually, the interior of your car will start to collect moisture too, as the filters are not able to dry and purify the cabin air. In addition to making your car feel damp, moisture accumulation can also invite the growth of bacteria and microorganisms. If you notice a foul odor when you turn the car on, similar to wet shoes or clothes, it may mean that bacteria has started to grow in the air conditioning system. If this is the case, bring your car in to see one of our mechanics, as he or she can unclog the blocked parts and get air circulating again.

Do you hear unusual sounds when you turn the AC system on?

Strange noises coming from the AC system when you turn it on are a good indication of a problem. Broken parts may cause noise if they start to fail. One of the most common culprits is the compressor, which is notoriously noisy when it starts to break. Some other issues that might cause clattering in the AC system are contamination in the refrigerant fluid or using the wrong lubricant. Cracks and holes in the system's components can also cause excess noise. Since it can be difficult to determine the source of unusual sounds, you are best off bringing your car to our service center if something sounds odd.

Is the AC system pressure low, or do you see a puddle under the car?

Honda Accord Exterior FrontOne of the most common problems in an air conditioning system is a leak. If the pressure in your vehicle's AC system falls below the normal level (which you can check by looking at the owner's manual), or if there's an oily puddle under the car, it's an indication that there may be a leak somewhere. A puddle of fluid under the car is one of the telltale signs that there is a refrigerant fluid leak. Refrigerant fluid aids your AC system much like oil helps the engine.

Leaking refrigerant fluid can stop the system in its tracks, as it prevents cold air from getting through. Refrigerant fluid leaks should be addressed as soon as possible, since there's a risk of cross-contamination if the refrigerant fluid leaks into the engine. A leak can also be caused by a structural abnormality, such as cracked seals or small holes in the condenser, evaporator, tubes, and other system components. We can use a special dye to check for leaks somewhere in the AC system.


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