4 Tips to Keep Your Chrysler’s AC Running Cool All Summer Long

May 28th, 2021 by


With the summer months comes the warm temperatures and staying cool is a top priority, especially when confined in your vehicle. As the summer temperatures soar, you may find that your car’s AC is definitely getting a workout, but with a few simple tips, you can ensure that your AC unit will keep you cool all season long. 

Keep Your Air Filter Clean

Dirty filters can be bad for the air quality in your car, but they can also reduce your AC unit’s efficiency. When your air filter becomes blocked with dirt and debris, it can inhibit airflow to your system, making your air conditioner work harder and still not produce the desired effects. 

You can have your filter checked with each oil change and will probably have to change it every 12,000 miles. You may need to change it more frequently if you regularly travel on dusty or dirt roads. By regularly checking your air filter, you will gauge how often you need to replace it. If you haven’t changed it out since winter, it would be a good time to check it if you have traveled on roads that are salted.

Watch Your Fluid Levels

A certain level of refrigerant is required to help keep cold air blowing in your car. While this fluid will usually stay good for a long period of time, when it runs low or needs to be changed, your system will not be blowing as much cool air as before. Many people overlook this first warning sign as they will still feel cold air coming out of the vents. If you notice a decrease in the coolness from the air coming out, it may be a good time to have your refrigerant levels checked before it leads to other, more costly problems. 

Have Annual Service

As with any system in your vehicle, maintenance is key. It is a good idea to bring your car in for AC service at least once a year. During the service, your technician will check fluid levels, look for needed repairs, and check for any leaks. They will also check all of your belts, valves, thermostats, and hoses. Additionally, they will replace your air filter if needed. The best time of year to have your service is at the beginning of summer when they are more likely to catch problems before they occur. 

Be Mindful of Your Parking

Parking your vehicle in full sun on a hot day will not only make it uncomfortable to get into but will also make your AC system have to work double-time to get the inside to a comfortable temperature. The harder your system has to work, the more likely parts will wear down and need repairs. You can take some of the strain off of your AC system by parking in shaded areas or using a sun visor on your windshield.

By following the few simple tips above, you can help keep your AC system run cool and efficiently for the whole season. Contact Brown's Elkader Chrysler Dodge Jeep RAM in Elkader, IA now to get your annual AC service scheduled.