In modern day vehicles, in most cases, numerous bells and whistles are standard. Technology has introduced us to warning systems that, in decades prior, no one even thought of. But the advanced systems in today's vehicles can, like anything else, present problems. So, in some cases, warning lights will alert you to an issue.

Though the first air-conditioned car appeared in 1940, today's systems operate longer, better, and more efficiently than in years prior. But something can always go wrong. It's Murphy's Law, after all. If something does go wrong with your air-conditioner, how will you know?

Let's look at troubleshooting and solving Volvo air conditioning problems.

First, please keep in mind that models differ as far as air conditioning systems go. This is meant as little more than a basic guide. Please, also remember that your owner's manual can be of assistance in any number of troubleshooting attempts.

What Could Possibly Go Wrong?

If your Volvo's air conditioning system doesn't seem to be operating the way you'd like, it's possible that it's being affected by any number of factors including the following…

Faulty Blend Door Actuator

If your air conditioning system has a problem with air temperature, this could present a problem. From under the dashboard, you might hear a repeated clicking sound. Or there may be a knocking noise, but that's rare. In all probability, your actuator needs to be changed/replaced.

Faulty Electrical System

You may already have seen an alert or a warning light notifying you that there is an electrical problem in your Volvo. Do you have trouble starting your car? Are your dashboard or interior lights not properly illuminated? Do your headlights dim when you're idling or at low speeds, etc.? If any of these problems arise, it's imperative you get your electrical system checked out immediately.

Bad Blower Motor

If, from the air vents, there is reduced or no airflow, the problem could be a faulty blower motor. During operation, you may also hear sounds that simply aren't normal for your vehicle. Once again, the part involved will likely need replacing.

Defective Compressor

The compressor in your Volvo usually can't be repaired, so it will likely need to be replaced. Signs and symptoms of an AC compressor that is deteriorating include:

  • ECU error
  • Lukewarm air
  • Seized compressor belt or clutch
  • Odd noises
  • Leaks

Clogged or Dirty Evaporator

Poor cooling (choppy airflow) could be caused by a dirty evaporator. You may also detect a moldy odor. It's not easy to clean the evaporator, so a certified technician would be the best person to take care of a problem such as this.

Refrigerant Leak

The main cause of most AC system problems is not having enough refrigerant in the system. If cooling capacity is reduced, check the level of your coolant. Normal loss is to be expected, but there's likely a leak somewhere if the level goes down faster than normal. This could be caused by any number of things, so it's best to have your AC system checked out for coolant leaks and their cause.

Clogged or Dirty Condenser

If you notice poor cooling, the problem could be a clogged or dirty condenser. It can be cleaned, however. However, before power washing can take place, the steps through which you gain access can be complicated. You may want to have this problem taken care of by a certified technician.

Dirty Cabin Air Filter

The cabin filter, pollen filter, or micro filter is the ventilation system's central component. If you notice reduced heating, airflow, and cooling, the filter may be dirty. Inspect the filter to see if it needs cleaning (a compressed air system or vacuum cleaner can be used for this procedure). Because cleaning may not be a sure fix, consider replacing the filter entirely for the best and most efficient operation of your a/c system.

Bring Your Air Conditioning Problems to Empire Volvo

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Our sales phone number is 866-983-0877. For service, dial 855-947-340. Our parts department can be reached by phoning 877-832-5128.

You can also use our convenient online form to start a conversation. We look forward to working with you.

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