Is Your Car’s AC Making You Sweat? Here’s What You Need to Know

Dear Mike,
I hope you’re doing well. Recently, I noticed that my car’s air conditioning system has completely stopped working. I live in a place where temperatures can soar pretty high, so it’s not the best situation to be in. I’m really concerned about this issue and I’m wondering if you could help me out. I’m curious to know if this is going to be an expensive repair or if there is anything that can be done to fix it easily.
Thanks for your time and I look forward to your response.

Dear Jacob,

First of all, I’m doing great, thanks for asking. As for your air conditioning issue, I hear you loud and clear. There’s nothing worse than cruising around in a car that feels like a sauna on wheels. Especially if you’re like me and tend to sweat like a sinner in church.

Here’s the deal, Jacob. A malfunctioning air conditioning system is no joke. I mean, sure, it may seem like a luxury item, but when the temperatures outside reach blistering levels, your car turns into a rolling oven. And trust me, nobody likes to bake in their own sweat while stuck in traffic.

Now, you mentioned that your AC system has completely stopped working. That’s not good, my friend. Not good at all. But before we jump to conclusions and start digging into your wallet, let’s take a closer look at what might be going on.

The first thing you need to do is head on over to your favorite auto repair shop (which, I hope, is Urban Automotive – wink wink) and ask them to perform a proper AC inspection on your vehicle. This is a crucial step because it will help identify the root cause of the problem.

You see, there are many components that make up your air conditioning system. From the compressor to the evaporator to the condenser, each part plays a vital role in keeping you cool. And if one of those parts is malfunctioning or has failed altogether, well, you’re in for a world of hot, sweaty, uncomfortable trouble.

But here’s the thing, Jacob. By Ontario law, only a certified technician with an ozone depletion license can complete the repairs and refill the refrigerant on vehicles in our province. So, as much as you may want to roll up your sleeves and get to work, it’s not something you can do on your own. Trust me, I’ve seen my fair share of DIY AC horror stories, and they’re not pretty.

Now, I know what you’re thinking. “Great, Mike. You’ve told me what I can’t do. But what can I actually do?” Well, my friend, the answer is simple – head on over to Urban Automotive and get that inspection done. It’ll run you about $100, but it’s worth it. Seriously. Once you know what’s wrong with your AC system, you can start thinking about how to fix it.

And don’t worry, Jacob. It may not be as expensive as you think. Sometimes, the problem is as simple as a blown fuse or a loose wire. Other times, it may be a bit more complicated, like a faulty compressor. But either way, once we know what’s going on, we can come up with a plan of attack.

Now, if you’re like me, you may be wondering, “Do I really need an air conditioning system? Can’t I just roll down my windows and blast some tunes?” Well, sure, you could do that. But here’s the thing – a properly functioning air conditioner doesn’t just cool your car. It also removes hot air from your car and dispels it to the outside, making it a much more effective way to cool your car when traveling at higher speeds. And during our hot Canadian summers, that’s nothing to sneeze at.

So, Jacob, here’s what I suggest. Head on over to Urban Automotive and get that AC inspection done. Once we know what’s going on, we can figure out the best course of action. And in the meantime, try to stay cool. Crack open a window, blast the tunes, and pretend you’re cruising down the Pacific Coast Highway. Just don’t forget the sunscreen.


Mike Urban