Does running my air conditioner keep my engine cooler?

Running my air conditioner during the summer keeps me way cooler. Does it also keep my engine cooler, and if so, does it even matter?

Answer
“Running your air conditioner actually makes your engine run hotter.
To run the compressor for the air conditioner, more strain is put on your engine. In most cases, that’s why automakers add extra fans that specifically kick on when your air conditioner starts to run.
Does this matter? Sometimes.
If your car starts to overheat, one of the first remedies is to turn off your air conditioner and roll the windows down. This will take some of the strain off the engine and lower the temperature by a few degrees until you can get your car to a repair shop. Fortunately, most overheating or air conditioning problems are covered by used car warranties, which can save you some money.
If your car ever overheats so much that it dies, make sure you have roadside assistance added to your car insurance policy. For industry-leading coverage at a fraction of the cost, try using Jerry’s partner, Urgently. Urgently pays for an Uber if you ever need a tow (and don’t worry–the Uber will have air conditioning). For only $50 a year, Urgently can offer you reassurance that you’ll never be stranded due to an overheated car!”
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Eric Schad
Answered on Aug 30, 2021
Eric Schad has been a freelance writer for nearly a decade, as well as an SEO specialist and editor for the past five years. Before getting behind the keyboard, he worked in the finance and music industries (the perfect combo). With a wide array of professional and personal experiences, he’s developed a knack for tone and branding across many different verticals. Away from the computer, Schad is a blues guitar shredder, crazed sports fan, and always down for a spontaneous trip anywhere around the globe.
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