My AC isn’t blowing cold!
Well with fall finally making it’s exit, and the temperature rising. It’s getting close to the time when you’ll be driving down the road with the AC on to keep the car cool. Well if you have an older car, say 8 years and older you may notice the air isn’t as cold as you remember. That could be a good sign that something is starting to fail in the system. Sure you can buy the coolant and add some to it to bring it back to cold. Chances are though that may not last through the summer. If that is the case then you probably have a leak. If you are low on gas in the AC system it had to go somewhere. It is a closed system, just like the central air in your home. With out a air tight seal the gas will slowly leak out and the cooling ability of the system slowly declines.
So what do you do if you suspect you have a problem. Find yourself a good mechanic, dealership or even a shop that specializes in the AC system. Yes those are out there. There is one in town here that we at the dealership use pretty regularly, especially on some of the older units we are retailing. The cost to fix will depend on where or to what extent the leak is. They have the tools to find the leaks and the expertise to fix it right the first time. Most will even put a warranty on it so there is no future concern.
With that being said. If you have a 2007 or older vehicle and you notice the AC not cooling like you’d like. Do yourself, and your family a favor and have it checked out. I know I have to have mine checked on our van. Return the comfort of your drive on summer vacation, or even the drive home from the pool. Get your AC back in working order. Because if you decide its time to trade it in and it doesn’t work it will be about $800 off the trade value of your car. Chances are it will only cost you about $200-$500 to get it fixed. Yes it could cost more, but I’m just giving you some friendly advise to help you conquer the summer heat.