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Service and cleaning of air conditioning

When you feel that your air conditioning no longer works as intended, it should be serviced

All air-conditioning and air conditioners lose refrigerant over time, which means that the cooling capacity is reduced over time.

Adding more refrigerant, which is commonly known as a “re-gas” is not always included in services, so it will probably be up to you to make sure it’s checked over.

The air-conditioning system loses about 10% of refrigerant per year, so there should be no more than two years between thorough services of the air con system.

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The air-conditioning system loses about 10% of refrigerant per year, so there should be no more than two years between thorough services of the air con system. If you drive a lot, you should have checked the air conditioner every spring, before the warm weather starts.

It makes sense to spend money on servicing it, because if you wait too long, you risk the compressor running out of lubricant and burning due to the heat. Repairing this can cost well over £350.
When you feel that your air conditioning no longer works as intended, it should be serviced. At Autobutler you get up to 3 quotes and can choose the best deal.

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When you asks for servicing on your car's air conditioning, the garage will change or refill the coolant. Previously Freon was used, but today another chemical is used. It is still toxic, and therefore there is strict control over the filling and disposal. In fact fluid for refrigeration is settled per gram. You should also be aware if coolant is included when you search for an offer, or whether it is additional, and priced per gram. This can hugely influence which is the cheapest offer.

The mechanic will also change oil, and lubricant, so that the compressor does not dry out or deteriorate unnecessarily.

It is also normal for the air filter to be changed once in awhile. At the same time the dryer which extracts moisture and dirt from the circulating refrigerant is checked.

When you have an air conditioning in your car, there are some signs that indicate you should have the system checked, or self-maintain the system.

The Air-conditioning system ensures that the car is cool in the summer. When the car is turned off, the pipes get cold, and when the summer's hot air warms them up, it condenses the air. It creates moisture that flows through the system. This is why you often see water drip out of the exhaust pipe.

The water from the condensation needs to get out, but there is often some pockets left which do not disappear by itself. In the accumulated water, bacteria and microorganisms may grow. These can cause respiratory problems and eye irritation, or just a musty and unpleasant smell. You can turn the heat to full power occasionally to avoid pockets of condensation, but it is not enough to remove bacterial.

If you experience any moisture and / or odour, try to use an air conditioning cleaner. It works by you turn up the heat in the car, open the can of cleaning fluid, leave the can in the vehicle, and keep all doors closed, usually for about 15 minutes. The car should then be vented, and the air in your car should be fresh again. Read the manual, as time and procedure may vary from product to product.

If that's not enough, it must be serviced by a garage that handles air conditioning.

There is much talk that we need to save fuel. And of course, it costs extra to have the air conditioning running continuously.

But keeping the air conditioning off all winter is a bad idea, as the lubricant being stationary can cause the gaskets to dry out and leak. Running it periodically in the winter months will keep it moving and ensure your vehicle doesn't leak.

  • When the windows mist up, it may be a sign that the air conditioner should be serviced. Keep an eye out for it on the windscreen above the blowers, shortly after starting your vehicle.

  • If there is a musty, dank and / or damp smell when the air conditioner is running, it is also an indication that something is wrong.

  • If the unit does not cool, even if it's put on cold, there is obvious something is wrong.

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