The heat is on! Summertime is right around the corner and your car's AC is going to get a workout... But is it up to the task?
Your car's AC health
"As if the last two weeks we’ve been steady because the heat’s been catching up with people already."
For 30 years car air conditioning has been what Vince Fadalla specializes in. He told us you want to diagnose trouble with a quick check before your AC goes out completely.
"The first thing that we would do is put a set of gauges on it and look and check the refrigerant level. A lot of the new vehicles come with a dye in the refrigerant oil, a fluorescent dye inside of it. We can take these glasses in the light and inspect the hoses and everything and it would show up fluorescent green and it would help find a leak," Fadalla said.
Find leaks early to avoid big issues
Finding leaks is critical because the coolant doesn't just cool you, it also lubricates the expensive parts of the system like the compressor. Poor cooling is big red flag, but Fadalla said difficulty defrosting your windshield is another early warning sign that folks can catch even in the cooler months.
"Then instead of waiting until summertime where you’re pumping all the refrigeration oil out of a system and then it burns the compressor up. The compressor is actual like that engine. It’s got to have oil in it to lubricate," Fadalla told us.
Avoid expensive repairs
Fadalla also said in most modern vehicles the AC parts are crammed under the dash. That forces them to take apart the entire dash to get the problem, a big labor cost. So catching leaks early is just as critical to your wallet as it is to your comfort.