Whether you are driving in the freezing cold or during sweltering summer days, you will need your vehicle’s air conditioning system in perfect working order. A regular HVAC service will do just that. You should always have your vehicle’s Heating, Ventilation, and Air Conditioning (HVAC) system checked regularly, even if everything seems fine. Even if you don’t plan on using your vehicle’s system for a long while, this system will still be crucial in keeping your vehicle cool.

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Reasons why you should have an HVAC service

It keeps your heating system working

Unlike your home’s heating system, your vehicle won’t have a central unit that you could easily replace. Your vehicle’s heating system will consist of different components, including a thermostat, heater core, and a blower fan.

The heater core is typically located in a hard-to-reach area beneath the vehicle’s dashboard. Normally, it could take a few days to fix any small issues you don’t fix immediately. A regular HVAC service check will include inspecting belts and hoses. It will also ensure that the antifreeze is filled to the correct level and clean. Taking your vehicle in for a regular service will keep your HVAC system in good working order.

Air Conditioning and Cooling

Maintaining the AC in your vehicle can be one of the most important aspects of comfort while driving around. We will inspect the air conditioning compressor drive belt, serpentine belt as well as all accessible components for any cracks, leaks or damage. Then our team checks the operation of the air conditioning compressor. If no leaks and/or damage is found, we will evacuate the refrigerant from the system, perform a vacuum test and recharge the air conditioning system using the appropriate refrigerant according to your vehicle manufacturer's specification.

Low chance of compressor failure

The compressor is the most important part of your vehicle’s air conditioning system. Since the compressor is an essential component, it will typically be the most expensive component to replace or repair.

You can improve your chances of avoiding this expensive work by having your HVAC system serviced regularly. Regular services will greatly reduce the risk of early compressor failure. A regular HVAC service will also make it easier to deal with smaller issues such as leaks or blockages. A regular HVAC service for your vehicle will also improve your car’s fuel efficiency, and extend the life of your vehicle.

Prevent health problems

In your vehicle’s HVAC system, the cabin air filter traps dust, bacteria, pollen, and exhaust fumes before they reach your dashboard vents and pollute the air you breathe.

Filthy or clogged cabin air filters in your vehicle can lead to various problems such as headaches, stale odors, allergic reactions, and even breathing problems due to the fumes. These issues are why it’s essential to have your HVAC system’s air filter regularly checked and cleaned. During a typical HVAC service, a mechanic will also check your cabin filter, then replace it or repair it if needed.

Heaters keep engines cool.

In your vehicle, the heating system is related to the engine’s cooling system. The combustion and the engine friction will produce heat while your vehicle is being used. Most of the heat produced will be expelled through your vehicle’s exhaust system, and any leftover heat will need to be dissipated.

A combination of antifreeze and water will circulate through the engine block and radiator and release the extra heat into the atmosphere. On freezing cold days, this extra heat can be redirected into your vehicle to provide you and your passengers with extra warmth. Suppose your vehicle doesn’t have a well-functioning heating system. In that case, you could risk overheating your engine while driving on a hot day or your vehicle breaking down completely.

Defrost windshields

On freezing cold winter mornings, you won’t be able to see your vehicle’s windshield due to the frost. You will need your vehicle’s air conditioning system to defrost your windshield so you can see where you are going.

Your vehicle’s air conditioning system does this by drawing the humidity out of the air to defog and defrost your windshield. Suppose you notice that your windows aren’t defrosting as normal during cooler and gloomier mornings. In that case, you might need to service your vehicle’s air conditioning system to check for any damage or leaks.

Final thoughts

To keep your vehicle cool during summer and warm during cold winter days, you will need to take your vehicle to a mechanic for HVAC service regularly. During an HVAC service, a mechanic will inspect all the components of your vehicle’s air conditioning and inform you on what needs to be replaced or repaired.