It’s summertime, which means sweaty rides if your air conditioning isn’t working. Most people don’t think of the air conditioning until it breaks. However, with regular maintenance of the heating and cooling system in the spring and fall, you can minimize surprises. And, when you have an experienced truck repair tech for AC repair, you can get it fixed faster – you won’t have to look for an AC maintenance and repair tech – just bring your truck right to Mevert Automotive & Tire Center in Steeleville IL, and we’ll get you back on the road as quickly as possible.
Most signs that you need AC repair are very obvious, but others are not.
When you get only hot air from the AC vents, the air conditioning system may be low on refrigerant. Other factors that could cause hot air include a malfunctioning compressor or compressor clutch, clogged vents or supply duct issues. Our AC techs can check the pressure in the system and diagnose the mechanical issue.
You should hear some noise when you turn the air conditioning in your truck on. However, if you hear it banging or rattling, you have a problem and may be without cool air soon. Noises could indicate an obstruction or a broken part, and you should bring your truck into Mevert Automotive & Tire Center as soon as possible for AC diagnosis.
If you have cold water on the passenger floor, the condensation drain is clogged. You can often blow it out with compressed air. However, if the hose is broken, you’ll have to replace it. If you let it leak, you could cause the floor to rust out, and the interior of the cab can start forming mold from the moisture in the air.
If you notice a bad smell from the air conditioning system, it may have mold in it. This could cause health issues, especially if you already have issues, such as asthma. The AC techs at Mevert Automotive & Tire Center in Steeleville IL, can track the problem down and clean it or replace the parts that are contaminated.
If you only get air on one speed, most likely, the blower control resistor is malfunctioning. In most cases, it’s located behind the glovebox next to the evaporator. It has springs for each speed, and one or more of the springs or the soldering on the board is broken.
When the air blows at varying speeds but is not strong, regardless of which speed you put it on, you may have a leak or an obstruction. The air works, but it can’t keep up with cooling the cabin. The obstruction could be in any part of the system, but is often in the expansion block or orifice tube. An AC tech at Mevert Automotive & Tire Center can check the pressure in the system to determine whether there’s a blockage and can “sniff” out a leak with diagnostic equipment.
Obviously, something isn’t working, but the question is, “What?” No air conditioning could be several things, including a malfunctioning compressor, compressor clutch, clogged condenser, bad evaporator core, a clogged expansion block or orifice tube or a leak. You may also have a blown fuse or a malfunction in the vent system. Finally, the serpentine belt that runs the air compressor could be slipping enough so that it doesn’t turn the air compressor.
Each spring, you should make an appointment for your truck or fleet to have the air conditioning system serviced. AC maintenance helps minimize failure during the hot summer months when you most need the air conditioning.
If you have a problem with the air conditioning in your trucks not working properly, contact Mevert Automotive & Tire Center at (618) 965-9609 for an appointment. We are conveniently located at 1014 West Broadway, Steeleville IL, 62288.