Why recharge your car air con?

There are many reasons to get your air conditioning recharged besides the most obvious one, to keep you and your passengers cool on trips in hot weather.

If you like getting the most out of your fuel then you might be interested to know that recharging your air-con actually increases fuel efficiency. This is because when your air-con refrigerant is low, the air-con system struggles to cool the air and therefore works harder to try and produce cold air, this extra work uses more fuel.

It also pays to recharge the system regularly if you don’t want to have to pay out for expensive aircon parts and repairs at a later date. The refrigerant used in your air-con system is extremely cold and has the added benefit of cooling down the air-con compressor. Without refrigerant, or if it were to run too low, the compressor could get extremely hot and fail.

Another reason to get your air-con serviced is when you switch it on and the air streaming out of the vents smells like feet? Or maybe it feels not quite as cold as it used to be. This is down to bacteria that grows on the evaporator making it a bit smelly so you would need the antibacterial treatment in your service as well as the re-gas.

Condensation in the pipework combined with heat from the engine creates a breeding ground for bacteria. It makes for not just an unpleasant odour, but it can even affect your health with sore throats, sneezing and irritated eyes.

Air conditioning even has its uses on cold wintery days. If you are struggling to demist your windscreen, pop the air con on to produce dry warm air to rapidly clear your view.

Turning your air-con on during the colder months also ensures that the seals don’t dry out and helps to stop the gas from escaping meaning the system will continue to work efficiently when the temperature starts to warm up again.

There are two refrigerants used in car air conditioning systems; R1234yf and R134a, the age of your vehicle will depend on which gas you need.

Vehicles up to 2015 require R134a refrigerant and those after 2015 will need the R1234yf.

The R134a Air Con service is £95 plus VAT or £100 plus VAT if your vehicle requires antibacterial treatment.

The R1234yf Air Con Service is from £140 plus VAT or £145 plus VAT if your vehicle requires antibacterial treatment.

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