Car Air Con servicing and Re-gas – Plymouth
You car’s air conditioning plays an important function within your car or Van – more than just keeping the inside of your car cool during warm weather. When working properly, car air conditioning helps to improve the air quality inside your vehicle, filtering out pollutants, airborne bacteria and pollen. However, over time, the refrigerant gas in your car’s air conditioning system diminishes, especially when the system isn’t used regularly. Car manufacturers recommend carrying out car air conditioning service every two years in order to keep your air conditioning working at optimum level.
What is the cost of Car Air Con re-gassing?
The price you pay for an air conditioning recharge depends on the type of refrigerant gas your car uses. The vast majority of cars on the road in the UK use one of two types of refrigerant .
Does my Car air con need re-charging (re-gassing)
Manufacturers recommend that your car air con is recharged every 2 years. As your car or van air conditioner is not checked as part of your MOT test and re-gassing is not typically included in your Service, it is important to make sure that you include recharging as part of your regular vehicle maintenance routine. Whites Auto centre Plymouth can Service, MOT and also carry out Car Air Con Re-gassing.
If your AC is blowing out warm air or only works intermittently, an AC recharge can bring back cold air when you need it most on hot days and can also improve your fuel efficiency as there is less strain on the system and engine. Unpleasant smells coming from the air vents also suggest that your air con needs some attention.
The recharge process is quite simple and involves removing any old refrigerant gas and oil from your air con system before replacing this with the correct amount of new refrigerant and lubricant as per your vehicle manufacturer’s recommendation. A vacuum test is also performed to ensure there are no cracks or damage in your vehicle air conditioning system that could cause the gas to leak out.
Within an hour the whole air con re-gas process is completed and you will once again have refreshing cool air on demand. Our trained technicians will show you the difference in your AC before and after recharge. Vehicle air conditioners that are not recharged regularly will be less effective and have to work harder to produce cool air. This puts more strain on the engine and uses more fuel. If your air conditioning system has not been recharged in the past two years it will dramatically reduce efficiency.
Car Air Conditioning Cleaning
If there are bad odours coming from your air vents when you turn on your car AC, then your car may also benefit from an air con clean, also known as a debug.
Vehicle air conditioning faults
A number of factors affect the performance of a vehicles air conditioning system.
Low refrigerant (gas) can mean the aircon system will not switch on or cool efficiently.
A dirty and clogged condenser or heat exchanger will restrict air flow and cooling efficiency of the air conditioning.
A condenser cooling fan that’s not working properly will affect air con performance.
Deposits from a corroded air conditioning system may block tubes or valves, affecting performance. This has the potential for serious damage, should a blockage prevent lubricating oils from circulating.
Leaks in the aircon system will not only allow gas to escape, but can also allow air and moisture into the system. Failure to vacuum purge the air conditioning system prior to a refrigerant re-charge (re-gas) can have the same effect.
Moisture in the system could freeze and cause a blockage.
Other problems including wear of the metering valve, switches, compressor or compressor clutch can affect operation.
Bacteria can make air conditioning smell bad! The system will need a de-bug to remove bacteria. It may also benefit from cleaning other parts. Whites Auto Centre Plymouth can also do this. Just call or E-mail us today.