Mitsubishi Mirage How-to: Troubleshooting the AC Condenser
The most usual culprit behind air conditioning condenser problems are Freon leaks that may be caused by a loose seal or punctured hoses. Other factors include electrical malfunction or internal mechanical failures. Replacing the condenser may not necessarily solve the problem, since the issue may be caused by a multitude of different things adjacent to the air conditioning system. This article will discuss the problems and the extent of the damage they bring, to help you successfully repair the air conditioning condenser in your Mitsubishi Mirage.
Seals and hoses do have a tendency to fail after due time; they are, after all, subjected to fickle temperature cycles. Imagine being subjected to heat for hours, then being allowed to cool down after quite some time-only to be subjected to heat once again. Varying temperatures cause the seals and hoses to expand and contract back-and-forth, allowing their rubber material to harden, shrink, or be punctured after prolonged use. Before deciding to replace the condenser, check the seals and the hoses first; you might mistakenly replace the unit itself when you could have solved the problem by replacing a seal or a hose.
Electrical and mechanical problems
The wires and coils transmitting electricity to the unit may melt or break due to old age or overheating. For starters, this happens when the vehicle is especially old and the air conditioning system is having a hard time keeping up with the higher demands of the aging engine. Although, if the vehicle has put on some few years but is not necessarily old, electrical and mechanical failures may be the effects of a recent highway overheat. It may be that the parts experienced tremendous pressure that lead to premature wear; it may also clog up the entire system over time when steam and debris solidified around the orifices of the condenser. Once this kind of damage hit the condenser and other adjacent components, there is no other way to solve the problem but to have the unit replaced-wires, coils, tubes, and all.