An expansion valve might not sound too important, but since its job is to regulate the heating and cooling systems in your vehicle, you’ll notice pretty quickly if it starts acting up. Whether it’s stuck open or jammed closed, your vehicle is going to get uncomfortable in a hurry. That’s because the humble little expansion valve—which lives in your car’s AC system—is responsible for working with your AC refrigerant and your evaporator.
Sounds pretty simple, right? It is… until it stops working. Because once the regular shuts down, you guessed it: no cold air. So, if you’re not a fan of driving around with no AC, this article is for you. Keep reading to find out what you should do if you suspect that the expansion valve is stuck in your Mercedes-Benz.
Symptoms of a Stuck Expansion Valve
Unlike some vehicular issues which can hide undiscovered for days, you’re likely to notice a stuck expansion valve quickly for a number of different reasons. Common symptoms include:
- Turning your AC on and getting no cold air
- Your AC is running, but the air just isn’t as cold as it used to be
- Your AC is on, but you can’t get any air at all
How Does an Expansion Valve Get Stuck?
Expansion valves can become clogged for a variety of reasons, and it’ll take a trained mechanic who specializes in German automotives to figure out which one caused the problem for yours. However, if you’re the type of careful car owner who likes to stay informed, you may want to try and identify the problem yourself beforehand. If so, here are a few potential culprits you can look for.
- Your valve might be stuck open or stuck closed
- Your valve could be stuck due to clogged coolant
- One or more of the parts in your valve could be malfunctioning, leading to a stuck valve
- You could be low—or out—of refrigerant
- Your refrigerant could be leaking
Unfortunately, in most of these cases, you can’t spot the problem with the naked eye. Because the expansion valve lives in the vicinity of your expansion coil— under your car—it’s pretty difficult to get to.
How to Fix a Stuck Expansion Valve
So, now that you know how to identify a stuck expansion valve, and what causes it, where do you go from here? Although a stuck expansion valve may not keep you from driving, we’re betting it’s something you’ll want to get fixed right away, especially if it’s getting close to summer. So, how do you fix a stuck expansion valve?
If you drove a run-of-the-mill car, you could take it to your average local mechanic, or an HVAC technician, most of whom would just replace the expansion valve altogether. However, because your Mercedes is a fine-tuned, precision-engineered piece of technology, it needs a little extra TLC. That’s why the first thing to keep in mind is that you really shouldn’t try to fix the problem yourself. You also shouldn’t attempt to get it fixed by your average local mechanic.
That’s because your average local mechanic probably doesn’t much have experience with German automotives and the intricacies of their unique issues. Since inexperienced help is often worse than no help, you may run the risk of making your Mercedes’ problem worse. However, just because you can’t fix the expansion valve yourself, it doesn’t mean all hope is lost. In fact, the best thing you can do is to take your Mercedes to a trained mechanic.
Mechanics You Can Trust
At Germany’s Best, Inc., our service technicians have years of experience working on German vehicles like your Mercedes Benz. That means we can handle the intricate engineering inside your vehicle, fixing your stuck expansion valve without causing more damage to other adjacent parts.
If you suspect that your expansion valve may be stuck, call or stop by Germany’s Best, Inc. today to speak to a representative about setting up an appointment. We’re happy to take a look and diagnose the problem so we can get it fixed and get you back on the road in your Mercedes as soon as possible!