Well here we are, smack dab in the middle of summer! It’s hot and you want to know why you’re A/C isn’t cooling as well as it should. It may be nothing more than just making sure you are using it to it’s full potential. Here are some tips for maximum air conditioning:
- When you enter your vehicle after it’s been sitting in the hot sun. Purge all the hot air from the vehicle. Roll down all the windows, put your mode control on “Vent” and turn the blower on full blast. This gets all the super heated hot air out and gives the A/C system an easier time of cooling you down faster.
- Make sure you have your recirculation (REC) button pushed in (see photo at right). Recirculating already cooled air makes less work for the A/C system. When you use the fresh air button or have REC off, the A/C has to work harder as new (hot) air is always being introduced into the vehicle.
- Make sure your air mix knob/lever is all the way over to Cold.
- And, as silly as it sounds, make sure you’re A/C button is on. Your A/C button should be pushed to the On position and left that way. Year round A/C operation is actually more beneficial to both you and your A/C system. We’ll cover winter A/C operation in a later article.