Extending the lifespan of your car’s air conditioning compressor

When it comes to the car’s air conditioning system, the compressor is an essential component. If this breaks down or becomes faulty, your air conditioning system is likely to stop working at all. But what are the effective options for extending the lifespan of your car’s air conditioning compressor?

What are the most effective options for extending the lifespan of your car’s air conditioning compressor?

There are a number of steps you can take to extend the lifespan of the air conditioning compressor in your vehicle. These include:

  • Regularly inspecting and cleaning: Routinely inspect the air conditioning compressor for any signs of damage or wear. Look for leaks, loose connections, or debris accumulation. Clean the compressor using a soft cloth or brush to remove dirt, dust, and leaves that may have accumulated on the unit. Keeping the compressor clean will enhance its efficiency and reduce the risk of damage.
  • Using the air conditioning regularly: Regularly using your car’s air conditioning system helps maintain its optimal functionality. Even during the winter months, it’s advisable to turn on the air conditioning for a few minutes every few weeks to lubricate the compressor’s internal components. This practice prevents them from drying out and potentially getting damaged due to lack of use.
  • Replacing cabin air filters: The cabin air filters are responsible for filtering the air that enters the passenger compartment. Over time, these filters can become clogged with dust, pollen, and other particles, restricting airflow to the air conditioning system. Replace the cabin air filters according to the manufacturer’s recommendations to ensure proper airflow and prevent unnecessary strain on the compressor.
  • Parking in shaded areas: Whenever possible, park your vehicle in shaded areas to minimize the exposure of your car’s air conditioning compressor to excessive heat. Prolonged exposure to high temperatures can strain the compressor and lead to premature wear. If shade isn’t available, consider using a windshield sunshade to reduce the temperature inside the vehicle when parked.
  • Don’t overwork the system: Avoid overworking your car’s air conditioning system by using it judiciously. Set the temperature to a comfortable level rather than excessively cooling the interior. Additionally, avoid running the air conditioning system on the coldest setting for extended periods, as it can put unnecessary strain on the compressor. Using the system responsibly will help prolong the lifespan of the compressor.
  • Schedule regular maintenance: Professional maintenance is essential for the optimal performance of your car’s air conditioning compressor. Schedule regular maintenance appointments with a qualified technician who can inspect, clean, and service the compressor. They can also check the refrigerant levels, lubricate moving parts, and identify any potential issues before they become major problems.

Here at MRS Heat Transfer we are radiator and air conditioning experts and we have the skills, knowledge and expertise to resolve any air conditioning issue or problem. We also provide professional air conditioning servicing for any vehicle. Why not get in touch today to find out more?