How to maintain air conditioning units all-year-round

Air conditioning units are fitted in the vast majority of modern cars and can help keep drivers and passengers comfortable in all conditions.

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Of course, the most common usage is during the summer months to keep the cabin of a vehicle cool in high temperatures. Increasing the level of comfort ensures that drivers maintain their concentration while behind the wheel and provides passengers with a pleasant journey.

However, air conditioning units can also be utilised during the winter months to help demist windscreens and improve visibility for drivers, reducing the chances of a collision.

With this is mind, it is important that motorist takes all of the necessary steps to keep their vehicle’s air conditioning facilities in good working order, whether the sun is shining or the snow is on the ground.

So, how should drivers go about keeping their equipment in good condition all-year-round?

Test your air conditioning unit

Of course, the easiest way to monitor and maintain your air conditioning unit is to simply test it. It’s not always easy to tell if it is working to full capacity and ready for any weather conditions that may be thrown at it.

Referring to the car’s manual should be first step when looking to maintain air conditioning systems, as it is important to know about the features of the vehicle. Once you have got to grips with the car and understand where all of the parts associated with the system are, it is important to clean the filters.

Removing the air filter, cleaning it with mild soap or in worse cases replacing it altogether is a good way to keeping the system running smoothly.

Leaks are the most common cause for the breakdown of an air conditioning unit in a vehicle, but steps can be taken to minimise this risk. Checking and maintaining seals is vital and those that are damaged should be replaced to limit the possibility of leaks.

One way to prevent the seals from hardening, drying and cracking is to run the air conditioning at the coolest temperature and on the maximum fan speed for around 20 minutes. This is best done during the summer months, as cooling a vehicle in winter will not be a pleasant experience for the driver or any passengers.

Removing moisture from the system is important as a failure to carry out this process can lead to the growth of mould, which can cause an unpleasant smell to emanate from your vents. Drying the evaporator core can be achieved by running the air conditioning for around an hour, before activating the defrost system to remove any remaining moisture from the vehicle.

Consult a professional

If in doubt about how to monitor, check and maintain your air conditioning unit it is important to consult a trained specialist to service the system. This will ensure problems are spotted quickly and rectified at the earliest possible opportunity, before the issue causes problems for drivers. You can find a local expert here.

Technicians can also recharge air conditioning units, which is essential every two years, as over time coolants can leak fro