Why is My Car AC Blowing Hot Air?

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There aren’t many feelings better than jumping in your car on a hot, sunny day in the Panama City, Springfield, and Callaway area and getting hit with the cool air from the AC vents in your vehicle.

Since the AC unit is a crucial system to your overall comfort, we want to help you when there is an issue with your system. Here are some common reasons why your car AC is blowing hot air and how our service center here at Honda of Bay County can help get it back to pushing out cool, refreshing air for you!

There is a Leak

Your AC system is a closed loop of air where a refrigerant compresses into a liquid state and then evaporates to produce cool air. Since the system is completely sealed, if the refrigerant level gets low, there most likely is a leak.

The tricky thing with a leak in your AC unit is that you won’t see a big puddle of fluid accumulate under your vehicle. Luckily, our technicians are trained on what to look for when it comes to AC leaks so they can quickly diagnosis if this is the reason for the hot air that is coming through the vents and find exactly where the leak is coming from. 

Compressor is Worn Out

The compressor has the important job of circulating the refrigerant. It works in a similar fashion to a pump by pressurizing the refrigerant then passing it along to the evaporator. Just like other parts throughout your car, the compressor of your AC unit can become worn over time.

To help the compressor last longer, you want to make sure you run the system for at least ten minutes every month during the winter. When you have your car serviced with us for routine maintenance, you can also ask to have the compressor inspected to gauge its condition.

Blockage in the Condenser

The condenser in the air conditioning unit of your vehicle is able to cool back down hot refrigerant once it has been compressed by using the airflow that comes through the front of your car while you drive.

More than air can get into the condenser though, like debris and other small particles that kick up when driving. This may cause a blockage in the condenser and won’t allow it to continue to re-cool the refrigerant. The rest of the parts in the AC will continue to work, but now with air that hasn’t been properly cooled. That is why you may feel hot air blowing out of the vents instead.

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Get Your AC Fixed at Our Service Center

When it comes to fixing your AC system, our team of expert technicians are ready to help you out! They will be able to determine if the problem is due to one of the common issues we covered above or if the hot air that is blowing out of the vents is because of another issue like an electrical problem.

Schedule an appointment with our service center here at Honda of Bay County today so we can get you back to comfortably staying cool while driving around Panama City, Springfield, and Callaway!