In the realm of vehicle customization and upgrades, installing an air conditioner unit ranks high on the list of comfort-enhancing modifications. Adding an air conditioning system can significantly improve the overlanding experience, especially during hot summer months. However, before you dive headfirst into installation, there's a critical step that should never be overlooked: bench testing.

You might be asking yourself, “Doesn’t Nomadic Cooling bench test their units before they leave their warehouse?”  The answer is yes and we never let a unit leave here that is not functioning properly.  The air conditioner is practically indestructible but does have some sensitive components.  We carefully package everything but things can happen that we can not control.

Why Bench Testing?

Bench testing involves running the air conditioner unit before it is installed on the vehicle, usually in a workshop or garage setting, to ensure that it operates correctly and efficiently before installation. While it may seem like an additional step that could be skipped in the eagerness to get the system up and running, bench testing offers several compelling benefits that can save time, money, and frustration down the road.

Identifying Defects and Malfunctions:

Bench testing allows you to identify any defects or malfunctions in the air conditioner unit before it's installed in your vehicle. It provides an opportunity to check for leaks, unusual noises, electrical issues, or any other problems that could potentially arise during operation. Discovering these issues early on can prevent costly repairs or replacements later.

Ensuring Proper Functionality:

By bench testing the air conditioner unit, you can verify that all components are functioning as intended. This includes the compressor, condenser, evaporator, blower motor, and other essential parts of the system. Testing each component individually helps ensure that they are working together harmoniously to provide efficient cooling performance.

Testing Compatibility:

Bench testing also allows you to confirm compatibility between the air conditioner unit and your vehicle's electrical system, mounting points, and available space. It provides an opportunity to make any necessary adjustments or modifications before attempting to install the unit, reducing the risk of fitment issues or compatibility conflicts.

In conclusion, bench testing your air conditioner unit before installation is a crucial step that should not be overlooked. It provides an opportunity to identify defects, ensure proper functionality, test compatibility, optimize performance, and address safety concerns before the system is integrated into your vehicle. While it may require some additional time and effort upfront, the benefits of bench testing far outweigh the potential risks and uncertainties associated with skipping this essential step. By investing the time to bench test your air conditioner unit, you can enjoy peace of mind knowing that your vehicle's cooling system is operating reliably and efficiently, keeping you comfortable on the road ahead.