Just about every modern car, truck or SUV sold these days can be had with air conditioning. It's so common that most people take it for granted. You press the button for air conditioning in your car and presto! cold air starts to flow out of the car's vents. It's easy, it's simple, and it's a major convenience. Could you imagine driving to a job interview in Phoenix, Ariz., if your car didn't have air conditioning? By the time you got to your interview, you'd be a sweaty, stinky mess.
Have you ever wondered how the air conditioning in your vehicle works? If you're like most people, you probably haven't. But we're here to educate you painlessly. Air conditioning is the process by which air is cooled and dehumidified. The air conditioning in your car, your home and your office all work the same way. Even your refrigerator is, in effect, an air conditioner. While there are many physical principles that relate to air conditioning, this article sticks to the basics. It explains the general concepts of automotive air conditioning, the components used and what you need to know to keep your car's A/C system working properly.
There’s a reason many just learn to live without air conditioning in older cars. Fixing the costly units sometimes just doesn’t make financial sense.
We turned on the air conditioning in our car last week to test it and it smells musty. What causes this and how can it be removed? – Melanie in Montreal