Air conditioner problem on my Chevrolet Captiva: What to do?

Having an air conditioner problem, especially in summer, can be a small but very constraining detail. In the city centre, you willingly open the windows of your Chevrolet Captiva to let in air, but when you get on fast roads, it quickly becomes complicated.

It can sometimes blows hot air while you asked him cold air, or he could work intermittently on your Chevrolet Captiva.

You might not want to pay repair costs without knowing if you could do it by yourself. The purpose of this article is to help you identify these possible problems in order to solve them as quickly as possible.

First, we will try to target the symptoms you recognize on the air conditioning failure of your Chevrolet Captiva.

Different symptoms on your Chevrolet Captiva air conditioner

Air conditioner problem on my Chevrolet Captiva: What to do?

You realize that it is no longer effective, for example:

It works initially to finally only return moisture and run out very quickly, or it works but with a particularly long time to cool effectively. Or even simpler, it simply does not cool down anymore.

First thing to think about at that time on your Chevrolet Captiva, it is likely that the gas charge is too limited. This may mean that there is a potential leak in the circuit. If this were the case, we strongly advise you to seek the advice of a specialist and not do this alone, it carries great risks for your Chevrolet Captiva and more importantly your own health.

This factor is partly due to the wear and tear of time, but also to the quality of your air conditioning system. To put it simply, if you have a high-end car, you are theoretically much less bothered with this type of problem.

Also make sur you keep the air conditioning in good condition all year round.

What does that mean? Simply use it from time to time for short moments throughout the year, which helps to avoid a “rust” of the system on your Chevrolet Captiva. It consumes slightly more fuel, but since replacing your air conditioning system is much more expensive, you benefit in the long run.

Different problems on your Chevrolet Captiva air conditioner

Air conditioner problem on my Chevrolet Captiva: What to do?

Now let’s look at some of the issues you may face on your Chevrolet Captiva. Remember that your air conditioner system is a very complex system, made up of a multitude of parts that can potentially lead to failure.

First, as mentioned above, you may have a gas leak and therefore no pressure in the system.

Also, it is therefore possible that your compressor is out of order. Same observation as above, it is no longer possible to compress the gas, therefore no more pressure in the system.

Attached to this compressor of your Chevrolet Captiva, a pulley allows it to rotate. If this one were to stop working, a chain reaction would occur with the compressor stopping, and therefore as mentioned above, no gas compression, no pressure…

We realize here that everything is linked and that each piece has a crucial importance, just like a chain work, a single missing link and the whole chain is stopped.

Another sensitive point, still on the theme of pressure, if by chance a too high pressure was felt in the circuit, a sensor will then be activated in order to stop the operation for safety. We can imagine here the work of a protection fuse on the electrical circuit of your Chevrolet Captiva.

Air conditioner problem on my Chevrolet Captiva: What to do?

About the temperature sensor, there may also be a failure. Just imagine that he is no longer able to determine the temperature of the inside of your Chevrolet Captiva. As a result, it does not know what to give the computer as information, which will lead to the air conditioning being switched off due to the lack of consistent data to be processed. Here again the air conditioning will have been turned off by the computer for safety reasons in order to avoid improbable situations, for example, where it is considered hot in your Chevrolet Captiva and sends cold when it is the opposite.

If you were to use a professional, here is an idea of the prices you would have to pay: 

Let’s imagine that you recharge your air conditioning with gas, it varies from 40€ to 60€.

If, on the other hand, you had to change your compressor, it would cost about 350€ new, much cheaper second-hand, around 150€.

So here is a set of problems you might face on your Chevrolet Captiva, as you guessed, in most cases it is better to call on a professional to avoid potentially serious accidents. Remember that in the case of air conditioning, you handle compressed gas that is dangerous if you are not careful.