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The Truth about Air Conditioning Issues

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The Truth About Air Conditioning Issues

Summertime is nearly here, so it’s time we told you the truth about air conditioning issues: they can be pretty tricky to figure out at first glance. There are many moving parts and pieces to your vehicle's air conditioner. As if the AC system wasn’t complex enough, the climate of your car also has a lot to do with other parts in your car. 


In fact, sometimes, an air conditioning issue has more to do with your air filters or your radiator. This isn’t always the case, but it’s worth considering. Most commonly, you’re going to find that an AC issue has something to do with one of the following:

  1. AC System Leak. Other symptoms of this problem include a hissing sound and hot air coming out of your system even when you have the AC turned to cold. 

  2. AC Pressure Switch Issue. Other symptoms of this issue are an AC system that works sometimes, but not all the time.

  3. Bad AC Compressor. Other symptoms include funky noises coming from the car and cool air, but not cold enough. 

  4. Condenser fan. Other symptoms of this issue are a weird smell and warm air coming from the AC.

As we mentioned before, your air filter might cause a too-hot car. Your air filters are your first line of defense against dust and dirt, and a full or clogged air filter can prevent air from circulating well. Even if your AC is working just fine, it’ll be hard to feel cool with a full air filter (and this isn’t the only consequence of that problem!). 


The truth about air conditioning issues is that they’re sometimes trickier than they first appear. Your first instinct might be to add some more coolant or use an at-home AC recharging kit. If you can recharge your AC on your own, that’s great news! But if there’s something funky going on, we have your back. 

Contact our technicians today if your AC has you worried. At Larry’s Independent Service in Mission Viejo, CA, our team of ASE-Certified auto technicians is here to help your car shine from the inside out. You can click on this embedded link to schedule an appointment, and don’t forget to Like us on Facebook for news and updates. We’re located at 25721 Taladro Circle Unit A, Mission Viejo, CA 92691, and we’re open Monday through Friday, 8:00 AM until 5:00 PM.


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