Ram ProMaster 2500: A/C Maintenance
It's not always about power and speed or even handling. Sometimes, it's also about comfort. Whatever you're driving, be it a cargo van like the Ram ProMaster 2500, having a reliable A/C system matters a lot, especially if you're going on a long drive during those hot summer or humid days. To blow cool air into the cabin, the A/C relies on a number of parts, which include the evaporator, compressor, and condenser. These parts, over time, may succumb to mechanical wear if not maintained properly. That's why regular air-con service is a must. Here's how you can keep a healthy air-conditioning system:
- Have your vehicle's A/C system cleaned.
You shouldn't just have the A/C system re-gassed or topped up with refrigerant. The air-conditioning system also needs to be cleaned regularly so that it won't become a breeding ground of bacteria and fungi. By having the A/C system sanitized, you can stop the spread of allergies inside the cabin. The service will remove the musty or funky odor from the vents by treating the source. Since special equipment is used for cleaning the A/C, it's best to have this service done by an air-con specialist or a professional.
- Get full service for the A/C system.
They say that the air-conditioning service should be done at least a year. For the maintenance requirements and schedule, you just have to consult the vehicle manual. The service must be carried out by a trained personnel as the service doesn't just involve refrigerant level checks and re-gassing. This will also include a series of inspections and tests. The air vent temperature can be checked, for instance, aside from having the condenser fins cleaned and deodorizing and sanitizing the system. The lines and components will also be tested for leaks. The condition of the hoses and operation of other parts, such as the valves and thermostat, will also be inspected. Depending on the result of the inspection, the drive belts and pulleys may be adjusted and the receiver drier and filter may be replaced. The operating gas can be recycled, reclaimed, or replaced.
- Keep the A/C running efficiently.
To make sure that your vehicle's A/C system will run well for a long time, it'll help to learn a few tricks for proper car air-con maintenance. The air-con should run for about 10 minutes at least every week. This should be set it to its max fan speed. Doing so will help maintain gas pressure, which will keep the compressor in good running condition. This will also allow the hoses, valves, and pumps in the system to be well lubricated. Even in winter, you can also use the A/C for getting rid of humidity in the cabin and for removing fog from the windscreen. It'll also help if you use the defrost mode and let it run for about 5 to 10 minutes to prevent excessive moisture, which can lead to mold and mildew growth and bad odor. The system should be re-charged. Top it off with gas and use lubricant.