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5 tips to maintain your car AC this summer – news

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Sun’s beating down on the car? Here’s a quick guide on how to keep your car air conditioner swanky.

With the summers engulfing almost the entire country, it is very important to maintain your car’s air conditioning system. You don’t want to be stuck in a traffic jam under the hot sun beating down on the metallic roof and your AC unable to bear the load. Let us take a look at 5 tips on how to maintain the AC in your car.

Use it regularly

A common practice among Indian car owners is not using the AC in their cars regularly. A big reason for this is the belief that increased usage of AC leads to increased fuel consumption. However, this is inaccurate. Using the AC daily helps keep all the running parts in check and if there is a problem, you are likely to catch it at an early stage and fix it.

Further, one should run the AC weekly for 10 minutes in defrost mode on the coolest setting and at the maximum fan speed. This will help maintain gas pressure, keep the compressor running well, clean out moisture and prevent mildew.

Clean/change air filter

The air filter of the car needs a clean once in a while as it encounters dirt and dust accumulated everytime the vehicle is taken out. This filter is generally located below the dashboard and should also be vacuumed from time to time during general service check-ups. In case, if it is beyond clean, it is advisable to replace the air filter for a fresh one.

Don’t pre-cool cars

While pre-cooling cars is in fashion and seen as an added functionality, it is surely not advisable. A car’s air conditioning system operates at maximum efficiency when it is driven. In case the car is heated standing under the sun on a very hot day, put the fan on high once you start driving and open only the backseat windows for 10 to 20 seconds to force out the hot air. Also, avoid using it in full blast for a long duration of time.

Avoid recirculation of air

Avoid using the air conditioner in recirculation mode if…

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