Common Mini Cooper A/C Problems

Air conditioning comes standard in the Mini Cooper, and for most drivers it works just fine. However, some have reported various issues with it, and due to the complexity of these units, unless you’re knowledgeable it is best to have it looked at by a specialist. Below are some of the most common Mini Cooper A/C problems.

Mechanical Malfunctions

There are a number of things that can malfunction within the A/C, such as the compressor, its clutch, the pressure switch, or a valve. If issues occur with either of these components the A/C will either not cool the cabin efficiently or won’t cool it at all. You should turn on the A/C and check to see if all these components are functioning properly. The compressor oil sometimes becomes contaminated, and if this is the case the air conditioning will need to be flushed so the old oil can be replaced. It might also be necessary to replace the accumulator, expansion valve, or receiver drier. The reason for this is because all these components are subject to wear as time passes and will eventually fail. And such failures will usually occur during summer, when you need your A/C the most.

The Condenser Is Soiled

The condenser cools down the refrigerant vapor that is high pressure as it leaves the compressor. However, any obstruction which occurs in the condenser due to grime, debris or dirt will constrict air flow so that this cooling does not occur. The best way to clean a condenser that has become clogged is by using a premium flushing agent, one that vaporizes rapidly and which does not leave behind residue. The condenser itself may need to be replaced if you’ve been using it for years, which is much more cost effective than replacing the whole A/C unit.

Excessive Moisture

You do not want moisture within your air conditioning system. The reason for this is because the A/C is responsible for reducing the temperature within the vehicle. This process involves the cooling, drying and the cleaning of air through forcing warm outside the vehicle. Should moisture be present within the A/C, it will cause contamination which will lead to the vehicle being unable to sufficiently cool down its surroundings. Aside from this, the presence of moisture within the air conditioner can also lead to the growth of fungi and bacteria, especially when the unit is not being used during the winter months. The A/C has an interior which is damp as well as dark, which is perfect for mildew growth, which will manifest itself in the form of unpleasant odors when the A/C is used.

Insufficient Refrigerant Levels

The refrigerant plays a role within the A/C which is similar to the role played by engine oil. Put quite simply, it is essential to the continued operation of the air conditioner. However, refrigerant levels will fall over time, at about 15 percent each year, especially during winter, when you’re not using the A/C that much. The reason for this is because lack of use will cause the seals to dry out.