Here on Orozco’s Tires 101 blog, we’ve covered several vehicle maintenance topics already. Most of the crucial parts we’ve talked about, if neglected for long enough to cause a serious malfunction, can result in losing control of your vehicle, or your car catching fire. However, other nonessential parts of your car can also be harmful if neglected. One system that seems like it might never be able to harm you is the climate control and ventilation system, but if you neglect it for long enough it can actually cause serious harm to your health.
If you neglect maintenance on your car’s A/C system for long enough, it can develop a condition known as “black death”. Black death develops from the inside out and can be impossible to detect at first, but after long enough, it can cause you illness or respiratory issues.
Black death develops from the inside of the A/C compressor after the refrigerant begins to break down. Since the refrigerant, like motor oil, will deteriorate over time, old fluid will cause wear to the system’s components, beginning with the compressor. Once these components start to wear down, fine, sharp metal particles will get mixed into the fluid and travel through the rest of your A/C system, damaging the rest of its components and destroying its function gradually. The best way to prevent black death is to have regular checkups and perform any and all needed maintenance as soon as possible.
There are several common problems that may develop in an A/C system:
My A/C system has weak airflow:
The most common causes of weak airflow are mold or mildew accumulating in the evaporator core due to moisture or condensation from regular operation, a loose hose or seal diminishing airflow, or ventilation fan failure. A/C systems are extremely sensitive, and one loose or malfunctioning component can compromise the entire system’s function.
My A/C isn’t as cold as it used to be:
This can be caused by a number of issues: a freon leak caused by a loose gasket, seal, hose, or component, a clogged hose or tube, a failed compressor or component, a damaged or failed condenser or evaporator, vacuum leaks, or a failed relay, fuse, or solenoid. If you or your mechanic discovers the leak early then it most likely will not have damaged as many parts, but if it is left unattended to for long enough, the entire A/C system can be compromised and necessitate expensive repairs.
A/C starts out cold but gets warm:
Several possible causes can lead to this problem – a clogged expansion valve, faulty compressor clutch, blown fuse, or leaks can all be the culprit.
Foul odor from A/C system:
Unpleasant odors coming from your car’s vents are usually caused by a dirty, old air cabin filter or a moldy evaporator case.
A small leak or malfunction in your A/C system can eventually lead to huge expenses or even tainted air in your passenger compartment. If you suspect that your vehicle’s A/C system has been compromised, call Orozco’s Tires & Wheels of Long Beach today at (844)-676-9267 to schedule an appointment today. Our team of state certified, professionally trained mechanics can fix any of your alternator problems guaranteed!