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In the following, you will find some examples of what can happen with the components of your air-conditioning system if it is not serviced.
All the components of a serviced system function optimally with one another. However, if the air-conditioning system is serviced poorly or not at all, sooner or later your compressor will begin running less smoothly, as it is not lubricated correctly. It then has to be turned on more frequently and for longer. The energy comes from the engine and the engine needs fuel. For you and your wallet, that means consuming more gasoline if your air-conditioning is not serviced!
You can avoid components failing or being damaged by having the system maintained regularly. Subsequent repair is generally very expensive. For example, the filter dryer filters out humidity as well as particles of dirt and chips, which can damage the system if they are not removed. If the saturated filter dryer is not replaced, chips and particles can get into the air-conditioning system and damage other components.
Or the compressor—the heart of the air-conditioning system. It transports the refrigerant through the system. Wear / chips may develop in unmaintained air-conditioning systems as a result of a lack of lubrication, which can lead to compressor damage. If the compressor fails, the associated extensive repairs are expensive, rapidly rising to 1,000 euros or more.
Around 300 cubic meters an hour flow through the cabin filter, which holds back dust, dirt and pollen. After about 1 year or 15,000 km, the absorption capacity is exhausted; the filter is "full" and has to be replaced. If it is not, dust, dirt and pollen get into the passenger compartment where they settle and make the air anything but fresh.
The evaporator is a heat exchanger, but is also the ideal breeding ground for bacteria, fungi and micro-organisms, as it is installed in a dark and humid environment.
Neglecting to disinfect the system creates a breeding ground for bacteria and micro-organisms. The blower and air jets then funnel the bacteria and micro-organisms into the vehicle cabin. Besides the unpleasant smell, driver and passengers may suffer from sneezing and coughing, watery eyes and allergic reactions. And this puts your health and safety at risk.
The entire air-conditioning system can only do its job if all its components are working perfectly. Besides many other functions, air conditioning cools the vehicle cabin to an appropriate temperature, particularly in summer. If the system is not working correctly, you will soon find yourself in a jam with the heat building up in your vehicle. Lack of concentration and "spaciness" increase as the heat accumulates - two things you definitely do not want while on the road.
What are the parts of the cooling or air-conditioning circuit and how do they work? Experience all parts in action.