It has been a long time since air conditioning did not come standard on all Ford vehicles. Nowadays, there are still a few vehicles sold in the US in which AC does not come standard on all models and to those drivers, we salute your courage. For the rest of us who have become accustomed to the cool air of glorious air conditioning, it can be a world-stopping event when our car’s AC system breaks down. Driving 55 mph with the windows down, does not cut it for comfort for most of us in this era of hi-tech.

So, when your vehicle’s AC decides to up and quit all of a sudden or gradually and slowly become less cool or loos its “oomph”, what exactly is happening in there? Did the hamster fall off the wheel? Sure enough, your car’s A/C system is, well, a system. There are all kinds of hoses, wires, seals, switches and chemicals that all have to be operating properly in order for you to feel that much-desired refreshing breeze as you motor down the highway with the windows up on a hot day.

So when your car loses its cool breeze, what’s to blame? Here are the top culprits:

  • Damaged evaporator or condenser
  • Malfunctioning¬†blower motor
  • Failed compressor or compressor clutch
  • Vacuum leak
  • Failed fuse, relay, switch or control module
  • Freon leak caused by a compromised hose or seal
  • Clog in tube or hose

There are a number of factors that can contribute to an A/C system working well, but only one needs to fail for you to notice a downgrade in performance. That said, as with many systems in your automobile, you should have your vehicle checked out at the first sign of failure. This is because smaller issues can be easy to solve for a Quick Lane technician (and often easy for you to pay for). However, when left unchecked, small issues can grow into larger issues as part failure can turn into system failure.

All of us at Quick Lane at Garnet Ford want you and your family to enjoy your time on the roads this summer. If any part of your car is not running at peak performance, stop by our shop today or call for an appointment so we can get you moving in the right direction!