All that you need to know about Car Air Conditioning Regasby Connor Cranswick Western auto Service
Getting into your car and being greeted with a blast of hot air after turning the car air con on full is what nightmares are made of. However, avoiding this possibility is completely in your hands. Have your air con serviced regularly and you can have a cool driving experience even in peak summers.
On an average, car air conditioning regas should be carried out every 1 to 2 years depending on usage though some top performing car air conditioners run well for 5 years. A car air con loses 10% of its gas every year thereby significantly lowering operating efficiencies.
Here are some aspects that you need to know about regas of your car air con.
What is car air con regas?
basically the process of replacing the old refrigerant with new in your air con
though there are many other things to it. Specialists will first check if your
air con is cooling as it should. If it isn’t, comprehensive checks will be
carried out including inspection of drive belts and pulleys, operation of
valves and thermostats and hoses and other components. If all are okay, just
re-gas should bring your air con to perfect working condition. The main reason
for low performance is usually leaks in the air con system and that can only be
detected during regas.
How to know if regas is required
The first sign that your car air con is not working well is that there will be no significant difference in temperatures between your AC being switched on or off. The air from the vents will not be as cool as it should be. Most authorised service station offer a free check of the air con before taking up repairs and servicing. However if you remember when was the last time you took your car for regas and if it is more than 2 years back, a regas will in all probability solve your problems.
Most manufacturers recommend regas after two years but owners tend to put it off unless they start feeling warm and uncomfortable inside the car. This is not at all advisable as a malfunctioning air con has a direct negative impact on the overall performance of the vehicle including higher fuel consumption.
Should you regas your car air con yourself?
You can regas the air con of your vehicle yourself but that is definitely not recommended. Car air conditioning regas should be entrusted to specialists at authorised and accredited service stations only. Regas units are very expensive, almost at par with regas rates charged at service stations and if you get the regas wrong, you will be saddled with a very high repair bill. Apart from this, trained mechanics will know how to check for leaks and if any components have to be replaced. Finally, there is the safety factor too. If any part of the refrigerant comes in contact with your eyes or body, it can cause painful freeze burns.
The cost of regas depends on the make and model of your vehicle and the location of the service station.
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