Most Kalispell motorists don't even think about their car air conditioning system unless it fails. That’s because many Kalispell and Columbia Falls motorists don't really understand that auto A/Cs need periodic service. Let me share some of the reasons why they fail.
First, like every machine, the Subaru air conditioner parts need - you guessed it - lubrication. The lubricant is actually mixed in with the refrigerant (that’s the stuff that makes the air cool). Remember that even if the air conditioner is still blowing out cool air, the oil that lubricates the parts may be used up: and unlubricated parts can fail in all MT cars.
Now here’s a tip for Kalispell motorists: Run your air conditioner every so often during MT winters. This circulates the lubricant to help keep the seals from drying out.
The air conditioner actually removes some of the moisture in the air. So if you have trouble with fogging on your Subaru windshield during MT winters or during a rain storm, running the A/C on the defrost setting should help. Now on some Kalispell cars you can’t run the A/C at the same time as the defroster. Don’t ask me why, but I suspect lawyers were involved.
Also, air and water can get into the A/C system. That can reduce the efficiency of the system and also lead to corrosion that causes damage. Kalispell motorists should periodically purge the system and replace the refrigerant to remove the air and water.
Kalispell drivers would be wise to learn the important early warning signs of A/C trouble: 1) The air’s not as cold as it used to be. 2) Unusual noises when the A/C cycles on. Those are signs to get your vehicle into Loren's Auto Repair in Kalispell before the damage gets worse.
By following the recommended service intervals in your Subaru owner’s manual, you can help prevent mechanical failure of your air conditioning system. Your A/C system contains some expensive components like the compressor, condenser, dryer, etc. Anything Whitefish and Columbia Falls car owners can do to lengthen the life of their A/C is well worth it.