Looking for air-con servicing? Then chill out as we’ve got you covered!
There’s nothing quite like a blast of icy cool air on a hot summer’s day. But, just like most things within our cars, the gas used to cool the air will eventually need replacing. An air-con regas is a fairly quick and easy job for us and can see you on your merry way within the hour, and without breaking the bank.
It is possible to buy air-con regassing kits online although we wouldn’t recommend doing it yourself. The refrigerant gas can be dangerous and cause freezer burns to the skin. There’s the risk of mixing old gas with new can cause a dangerous chemical reaction to occur. The gas also needs to be disposed of correctly. Trust us when we say you’re better off leaving it to the experts!
How to know when your air-con has run out?
The first thing you notice will most likely be that when you put your air-con on, it doesn’t feel any colder, or doesn’t feel as cold as before. If you haven’t ever had an air-con regas before, then it’s definitely worth bringing your car in.
Why does my air-con stop working?
The refrigerant used in the air-con system is critical to the system working properly, without it, no air-con! This refrigerant changes from a gas to a liquid and back into a gas again as it flows around the system. As it does this, some of the gas passes out of the system which is why it eventually runs out.
This is the most common reason why your air-con has stopped working although it could be due to a leak or a crack in the pipes which we will need looking into.
When should you get your air-conditioning regassed or serviced?
Most car manufacturers recommend that you get your air-con serviced every two years as a general rule of thumb. It’s worth noting that a lack of air-con will make it more difficult to demist your windscreen in winter. This then makes the engine work harder as it tries to cool the air, and therefore uses more fuel. If you leave it too long without any gas, the pipes are at risk of cracking and the components could seize up too.
What happens during an air-con service?
If you’re wondering what we do while your car is in for an air-con regas then read on! Firstly, we withdraw any remaining refrigerant gas that is left in your system and take note of the measurement. If this measurement shows little to no gas left, then this could be a sign of a bigger issue. Next, we check for any leaks in the system that may have caused you to notice a change in functionality. If this is all clear then we can refill the system with fresh refrigerant gas. A quick test and you’re done! All in all, this process takes just under an hour so you’ll be back on the road in no time.