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Why Does My Air Conditioner Blow Hot Air?

You want to make sure that your air conditioner does not blow hot air before our hot summers hit. You know it can get above 100 degrees in Burbank, California, so let us here at Eurozone Motors take a look at your air conditioning system now. The worst thing that can happen in the middle of an infamous Los Angeles heatwave is turning on the AC in your automobile only to have it blow hot air through the vents. Here are some common things that can go wrong with vehicle air conditioning systems.

You Might Have a Refrigerant Problem

Los Angeles is technically a desert, and things can be pretty dry in Burbank. We don’t get a lot of humidity here in the San Fernando Valley, so you may have a refrigerant problem that is causing hot air to blow through your vents because your air conditioning system is evaporating refrigerant. The refrigerant can also leak. You may not see the refrigerant leaking out of your air conditioning system. It may just be an issue of refrigerant seeping out of the hose connectors. We’ll check your refrigerant level and replenish it if necessary.

It Could Be the Condenser

Another common cause of hot air blowing through the vents is a clogged or broken air conditioning condenser. The condenser is responsible for cooling off the refrigerant so you get that nice cold and refreshing air inside your vehicle’s cabin. Because of where the condenser is located, it is susceptible to being hit and clogged by road debris. If the road debris has clogged or damaged the condenser, you may end up without cold, air-conditioned air.

It Could Also Be the Compressor

The compressor is what circulates the refrigerant through the air conditioning system, and, oddly, it can actually breakdown if you don’t use it enough. This air conditioning system part loves to be used, so it’s a good idea to run your air conditioner for at least 15 minutes even in the winter to ensure that the compressor gets a good workout. If your vehicle is old, your compressor may have failed, and this is why the air blowing through the vents is hot.

Do You Hear Your Fans?

Finally, if you cannot hear your fans when you turn on the air conditioner, they could be dead. The problem could be with the fans themselves, or it could be an electrical system problem, such as a blown fan fuse, or other issues with your vehicle’s electrical system. We’ll inspect everything to isolate the reason why you have hot air blowing out through your vents, and if it is an electrical system problem, do not worry, we can fix it.

As our name suggests, Eurozone Motors in Burbank, CA, are experts in European automobile preventative maintenance and repair. Give us a call today to schedule an appointment for an AC service.

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