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Honda Civic Ac Condenser

Reasons behind Honda Civic AC Condenser Headaches

Imagine this: the sun is glaring at you; you are stuck in traffic; the only source of comfort you have is the cool breeze coming out of your car's air-conditioning system. Suddenly, fate decides to make fun of you by breaking your AC and you have no choice but blame all the gods you know. But a broken AC may not be the doing of the gods at all; it may be caused by the AC condenser. Here are some of the common issues with the AC condenser that may cause your AC system to fail.

The condenser fan is not moving

This is actually a problem that is irritating to diagnose. Why? There are a lot on the list of parts that can cause the fan not to move. In a suggested order of which one you should check first, here are the usual culprits behind a frozen condenser fan.

First, look at the fuses; they should be properly intact and have not worn out. Second, check if the fan and the compressor are in working condition. You can do this by connecting them separately to the battery. And third, inspect the relay wirings of the fan and the condenser.

The most common cause would be the wirings; they are more prone to damage and breaking because of the belts.

The condenser is leaking

If your AC system is leaking, you may very well suspect the condenser. The possible problematic parts are: the bottom grille of the condenser and the seals on the pipes. If the problem is with the former, you should be able to see a considerable space at the bottom part-this is where the leak occurs. Problem with the seals are unlikely, but a quick look at them (if there are holes) would be enough to know whether or not they cause the leaking.

The condenser has holes

After seeing that they have a leak in their Honda's condenser, car owners often find that the condenser has holes on it. This is actually not a simple matter of blaming the part's brand.

Perhaps an act questionable from Honda is that they placed the AC conditioner condenser at the front of most of its vehicles. Though this set-up makes it easier to get cold air, this makes the condenser an easy target for the road's pebbles, dust, and dirt to enter. This, then, could cause holes in the condenser's tube and an eventual buildup inside the assembly.

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    Most car owners would agree that their vehicle's AC system is their saving grace during the summer days. They would also agree that a broken AC during these times is the last thing they want after a day's work. To save you from experiencing the headache and frustration caused by a broken AC, you should take care of your car's AC condenser; here are a few ways how:


    Clean regularly and use solvents


    In time, your Honda Civic AC condenser gets clogged by dirt, dust, and other chemical compounds (even the car fresheners can clog the condenser as they evaporate and build-up inside it). The only way to solve this is, of course, regular cleaning.


    You would need to remove the AC system and get the condenser. An initial wipe is recommended before using the cleaning solvents. The cleaning agent is needed to melt the possible buildup in the system. After using the chemical, another round of wiping is recommended to dry the condenser and remove any leftover chemicals in the assembly.


    We recommend that the cleaning should be done at least once a year to ensure a good AC system performance. However, if you feel that your car's condenser has bugs, stones, or a family of spiders in it, then the cleaning should be done as soon as possible.


    Go for a replacement rather than patching a leak


    You should know that the AC condenser is exposed to the environment (dust, dirt, road grime), making them very prone to damage. With this in mind, many expert DIYers and mechanics would recommend that you replace a broken condenser rather than patching it up. Although there are a lot of sealers offered in the market, getting one is risky. The condenser is constantly exposed to extreme temperatures and a solvent would only risk damaging the part. If your money and time allows it, get an aftermarket or stock condenser and just replace a broken condenser.


    Run the AC for at least 10 minutes once a week


    During the winter days, we recommend that you turn the car AC system on for at least 10 minutes weekly. Doing so would defrost the system and clean out the possible buildup of moisture. It would be better to put the AC on its coolest setting and/or highest fan speed.