How Does "Black Death" Affect Auto A/C Systems

How Does “Black Death” Affect Auto A/C Systems?

We know of the Black Death as one of the most devastating pandemics in human history, which decimated populations in Europe in the 14th Century. While in the context of autos this is definitely nowhere near as serious, this condition we are referring to is nicknamed the “Black Death” because it is when your car gets infected like with the plague, and turns everything black looking. So how does the “Black Death” affect auto A/C systems, and why is this relevant to you and your auto?

A Surprisingly Common Problem

Don’t think that you or your auto is immune to this modern day auto plague. The “Black Death” affects every single vehicle which contains a compressor and refrigerant. What happens is that if the refrigerant breaks down, grimy and sharp particles are formed, which infect the rest of the air conditioning system. These particles cover the inside of the compressor in a thick, greasy layer of black grime, like a visual representation of a plague, completely blocking and choking up the auto A/C system. Before you know it, there is no more airflow in the vehicle – and by then, it’s too late to simply change the refrigerant!

Avoid The “Black Death” From Infecting Your Auto

How can you prevent this disaster from happening in your auto? The best way is to make sure your A/C is checked regularly. Regular maintenance of your auto should include checking the A/C to ensure the refrigerant is topped up and working fine, on top of ensuring there are no other issues with the rest of the vehicle. If you are particularly handy and like to maintain your auto yourself rather than send it to a shop, be sure not to miss this step because this small negligence could cause you a plague in your car!

Other Factors Affecting Air Flow

Here’s some good news for you, however: if you identify weak air flow, there is a chance that it could be due to other factors. Instead of black grime, it could be mildew or mold that has built up in the evaporator coil. If the coil looks clean, your next step is to check the ventilation fan if it isn’t fried, or check the hose which delivers air to the blower to ensure it isn’t loose. Finally, if any of the seals in the blower house, core case, or evaporator core case are opened up, this can affect the flow of air and throw a spanner into the entire system of your auto’s A/C.

Help And Support For Your Auto Problems

We hope that you have learnt something useful from this article. If you’re looking for assistance, do check out this list of A/C specialists to find one in your area. Alternatively, you could contact R & Y A/C Compressors for specialized support by our certified technicians. We would be happy to assist you with any of your auto issues, and do our best to serve you.