The Lone Star State can be brutal when it comes to hot weather in the summer. The temperature is often completely unpredictable during the hot months, reaching or exceeding highs of up to 100 degrees Fahrenheit. Air conditioning is often something that is necessary if you plan on driving without having to worry about becoming sweaty. In addition, passengers are much more susceptible to get heatstroke in cars without a properly working A/C unit.
The most common reason why A/C units do not work or work well is due to having little or no refrigerant. Refrigerant is a fluid in your car that is designed to turn hot air into cool air. It does this by absorbing heat from the air and releasing it, which results in leaving behind cold air.
If your A/C unit is not working at all or as well as it used to be, this could be a sign that the refrigerant in your car may be low or empty. Here are three of the most common signs that your BMW may need its refrigerant replaced.
This will be the most obvious sign your BMW has an issue with low refrigerant. If you are not getting any cool air when you turn on your A/C, it is almost certainly due to the refrigerant being low in your vehicle.
If the air is only mildly cold, this likely means you have little refrigerant. Having none at all will likely cause only hot air to be released. Blowing out hot air will only cause you to get warmer, so why not have a technician take a look at this for you?
This is another direct indicator that the refrigerant in your BMW is low. Most BMWs will have a red light that has wavy lines with a thermometer sticking upward. This is a sign that you will need to have a trained technician inspect your car’s refrigerant.
If your car is displaying a warning indication, whether it is directly indicating an issue with your refrigerant or giving you a general check engine light, this will be a sign that you should get your A/C unit inspected.
If you see a watery, greasy-looking substance leaking out of your car, this could be an issue with a damaged hole or tear that could be leaking refrigerant out. General wear and tear from driving your car in rough areas with debris and other loose materials on the ground can cause your BMW to slowly develop instances of small holes. Damaged areas on your car, fortunately, can be repaired.
The most common place where you may see leaked refrigerant is under your car, but it can also be released inside of the cabin of your car or under its hood. Making sure that your car’s A/C unit is properly working and damage-free is vital to avoiding refrigerant from leaking and to restore your A/C to working the way it was designed by the manufacturer.
Beyond just checking and refilling your BMW’s refrigerant, we offer a large variety of services. Here is a selection of some of the A/C-related services we have to offer:
At Ultimate Bimmer Service, our ASE-certified mechanics are among the best in Carrollton and Dallas, TX in general. We have decades of experience repairing A/C systems and replacing the refrigerant in BMW vehicles.
If you need to have the A/C in your BMW replaced or repaired and need to schedule an appointment, please feel free to give us a call or come in and visit our shop at any time. We want to make sure your experience is top-notch, so don’t hesitate to reach out to us. Call us today!