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Getting your car A/C ready for summer

Published on July 1, 2016 by

In case you haven’t noticed, Tucson is getting hot.  In order to stay cool and safe, it’s important to make sure your car’s A/C system is performing properly.  Here are some tips if your air conditioning is not working as well as you think it should.

Clean that condenser

1464141421-11999077_1Your car’s A/C Condenser has an important job: to ‘condense’ the refrigerant in your system from a gaseous state to a liquid state by cooling it.  To achieve this, your system forces the refrigerant through the tubes and fins on the condenser to help dissipate heat.  The refrigerant is cooled by air flowing between the fins, either via the air flow from your vehicle moving or thanks to a working cooling fan.  But due to it’s smaller clearances, the fins on the condenser can get clogged by dust and other debris which prevent air from flowing through the device.  When this happens, soap and water can go a long way to help clear the blockage and get your system working as it should.

In some cases, using compressed air from a can (sold in most office supply stores) can do the trick.  Be careful not to damage the fins on the condenser, though – or you’ll be in for a more significant repair!

Don’t let your cabin air filter block airflow

Most modern vehicles are equipped with a cabin air filter to help keep particulates, dust and pollen out of the air we breathe in the cabin.  Unfortunately, our dry Tucson weather leads to clogged and dirty Tucson air filters!  Follow your manufacturer’s guidelines for replacement – a clogged cabin air filter makes it harder for your cooling fan to do it’s job of circulating cool air through the car.  Below is an example of what a clogged or dirty cabin air filter might look like:

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Let an ASE-Certified technician inspect your system

Although these tips can be helpful, they don’t work for all problems.  If your A/C isn’t blowing cold at all, consider getting an A/C Service Special at your local BRAKEmax.  Our experienced technicians will perform a compressor check, clean your condenser, performance test the system, check for leaks, and tighten belts & hose connections.

Staying cool in this hot Tucson summer can be challenging – don’t make it harder than it has to be!


This article was written by . Jeffry has worked with internet technology and graphic design for most of his life. He came to BRAKEmax in May of 2012 after a 7-year stint operating a local automotive service center. He married his wife Kerri in 2006; they have a son, Maxwell, and a daughter, Abby. When he's not at work, Jeffry enjoys cheering for the greatest sports team in the world, the Denver Broncos.

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