How to Maintain Your Jaguar’s Air Conditioning Systemby Dutch Silverstein April 6, 2018
It used to be that if you wanted a cool breeze in the car you had to roll down the window. With the advancements in automotive tech and modern conveniences, it’s tough for us to think about what life might be like without air conditioning in our cars, especially in a luxury car like a Jaguar. Unfortunately, things can still go wrong with the AC system in your Jaguar, potentially leaving you without the comfort of air conditioning during the hot summer months.
In order to prevent this from occurring, there are things you can do to maintain your AC and keep it working perfectly year-round. Just like all the other components and systems in your Jaguar vehicle, your air conditioning requires maintenance and servicing in order to run properly. It’s important that you find the right Jaguar specialist nearby who can address these maintenance needs and help give you more tips on AC care. Here are a few that we could come up with:
Ongoing Tips for Maintenance
You might be surprised to learn that simply regular use of your air conditioning system keeps it running and in good working order. Of course there are specific services your AC requires that should be performed by an automotive professional; however, adhering to these few tasks throughout your week can greatly improve the longevity and quality of your air conditioning system in your Jaguar.
Use the Defrost Setting
Have you ever turned on your air conditioner with a car full of people and had to apologize for the foul smell coming out of the AC vents? Usually this is due to mold and mildew buildup because of the moist conditions that AC units create. By running your defroster every day for a few minutes, you can eliminate the excess humidity trapped in your AC system that will otherwise collect mold and mildew.
Use the Air Conditioner every week
Your AC system utilizes a pressurized gas to keep the air compressor pumping enough air into the cabin. Over time, this gas can lose pressure, causing the compressor’s ability to weaken. The best way to keep the gas pressurized and the compressor in good working condition is to blast the air conditioner at the coldest temperature possible for several minutes. Depending on the season this might be a welcomed blast of cool air.
Disregard the Season
Whether it’s winter, summer, spring, or fall, your air conditioner needs to be run on a routine basis to maintain it’s function. When the seasons change and the weather gets colder, we tend to forget about the air conditioner and don’t run it very often. As we mentioned before, your AC unit needs to be run in order to eliminate moisture buildup as well as maintain the gas pressure. Even though it’s cold outside, don’t forget to use it—or you’ll lose it!
Follow Through with Routine Air Conditioner Servicing
Every now and then your air conditioning system needs to be serviced. This can entail several different tasks and procedures, including recharging the pressurized gas in the unit, and changing cabin air filters. Routine inspections of the system also couldn’t hurt. It’s important to pay attention to the warning signs of a failing AC unit and follow through with your routine servicing plan for your Jaguar.
Signs that Your Air Conditioner Needs Servicing
Your air conditioning might suddenly seize working properly, or it might slowly degrade over time. It’s helpful to report specific symptoms of failure to your Jaguar specialist so that they can prevent the problem from worsening, potentially leaving you without AC all together. If your air conditioning is blowing hot air, isn’t blowing air at all, or barely emits an air flow, it’s time to bring it in for servicing.
How We Can Help
The Jaguar experts here at A&M Auto Service are familiar with the air conditioning systems specific to these cars. Our clients from the areas of Pineville, Charlotte, and Greensboro, NC, come to us for our expertise, quality of work, and commitment to preventive auto care. We don’t want you to get stuck without a working air conditioner during the summer months especially. If you notice your air conditioner isn’t working properly, or you’d like to get a head start on maintenance and servicing, please contact us to schedule an appointment before summer hits!
* Jaguar XJ on Wet Road image credit goes to: kurmyshov.