This summer, as the temperature goes up, the air conditioner in my 03 Honda Civic works less and less. Now, a sensible person would take it to a shop, but I just switched jobs and am moving so I don’t have that kind of bread.
Here’s all the anecdotes that I gathered from a recent trip from Minneapolis to Duluth, during which I got to quite literally stew on my observations.
On the way up it was 85 or so outside. The air would work briefly, but then start blowing muggy, roasty, ambient air. If I shut the AC and the fan down for a while (no consistent amount of time), then turn it back on, it might work again for a little bit. When it DID work, any adjustment to anything (fan speed, temperature dial, air recirculation), caused it to stop working. The longest amount of time it worked for was about 26 minutes. I got over the AC problem fast because Lake Superior is mother nature’s supreme air conditioner.
While we were in Duluth, I tried swapping in a new relay, because I had read that sometimes that was a reason for intermittent AC. The following day I drove another 40 miles north to Two Harbors and rejoiced! It worked! (The outside temperature was around 70)
A day later I was crushed, because as we drove south and the temperature rose, the AC got worse until about 90 outside when the windows were the only source of relief. It made no difference if it was highway speed, or bumper to bumper.
Back home in the driveway I’ve run the car and the compressor will run. The fans both spin, and the air blows cool. After driving around the neighborhood for 15minutes or so the AC worked feebly, but it still worked.
When it’s running strong, like right when I start driving after the car has been sitting, it blows ice cold.
Am I destined to switch to having my windows open? There is so much summer left… and more summers after that.