Air Conditioning Problems

If you’re driving in the heat somewhere, your air conditioner will feel like the most important part of your car. It can be downright dangerous for your A/C not to work in certain climates. It might not get too hot here most of the time during the summer months, but any road trip down south will bring you to hotter places. That’s why it’s a good idea to know the problem signs. To help you out, here’s a quick overview of things to look out for that might indicate A/C damage:

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Unsealed Coolant/Refrigerant:

In newer cars, you generally won’t have to worry about leaks. Older ones can be susceptible. Refrigerant can run out on its own over long periods of time. A coolant flush is recommended every 150,000 miles, at least.

Noise From A/C:

Basic engine noises or problems with the hose can cause this, which usually isn’t a big deal. However, sometimes this is a problem associated with the compressor, which can be. Generally, it will mean your air compressor needs to be replaced.

Haywire Electrical System:

This is more likely a problem with the battery than the actual A/C unit. However, your compressor needs a certain amount of voltage to function properly. It’s important to make sure your battery is putting out enough electricity.

Bad Smell From A/C:

This comes from bacteria building up in the evaporator. It can be taken care of by your local mechanic through an evaporator flush.


If you notice any of these symptoms, it’s a good idea to take your car in. Here at Saline Automotive, we offer A/C repairs alongside a host of other auto-related services. For more information, please give us a call at (734) 429-2886.