Quick Answer: Is It OK To Sit In Car With AC On?

Is it safe to sit in a running car with the air conditioner on?

But setting my environmental preferences aside, you can let any car idle with the AC on for a long time without doing any harm.

As long as the cooling system is working properly, you should be able to sit in any modern car you buy and let it idle indefinitely.

Or at least until you run out of gas.

Or need to pee..

What happens if you leave the car AC on?

Some cars will overheat if you leave them idling with the A/C on. Others are okay because they have enough reserve capacity in their cooling system to handle it. When the A/C is running, it dumps the heat that it just removed from the passenger compartment into the radiator.

Can I sit in my car while it’s running?

In the end, leaving your car idle for 30 seconds to a minute can do it no harm. Technically, letting it run idle longer will not cause much harm, either. However, keep other aspects of doing so in mind. Letting the engine run for no reason is a hazard to the environment.

How long can I keep my car AC on while my engine is running but car is parked?

The engine should be able to idle and power the air conditioning and not overheat, even on a hot day in a tropical climate. Eventually you will run out of fuel and that will be the limit. Assuming a 17 gallon tank and . 17 gallons per hour you can run the car for about 100 hours at idle.

Does running AC in car drain battery?

If you run the AC when the car is off, it not only puts a strain on the battery, it can completely drain it. Now, if the car is running, and barring no issues ( bad alternator etc), it puts a load on the battery, but the alternator is able to keep up with the demand.

Does sitting in the car with the AC on waste gas?

Using the AC in your car does lower your car’s fuel efficiency by an average of 3 miles per gallon depending on the age and size of your car. AC lowers your fuel efficiency because it is diverting energy from the engine to power the car.