Most people don’t give much thought to their car’s air conditioning system until it stops working on a hot day. While your car’s climate control is easily overlooked, the truth is that it is one of the most important systems for maintaining your comfort levels on the road. A problem with your air conditioner can also reduce windscreen visibility, which affects your ability to drive safely. These are just a few of the many reasons you should book an auto air conditioning service as soon as you notice any problems.
Like most other parts of your car, the air conditioner requires regular maintenance in order to function properly. It is recommended that you schedule a car air con regas every 1-2 years.
What is a Car Aircon Regas?
A regas involves a specialised machine that can flush, recharge and test the car air conditioning system. When using the correct equipment, this can be done in an environmentally friendly way without releasing any of the refrigerant into the atmosphere.
A typical comprehensive car air conditioning service will generally involve:
- A visual inspection of the whole system, which may also include a diagnostic check of the air conditioning system with a scan tool
- Checking system pressures to determine if there are leaks or weak seals that need to be repaired or replaced
- Testing the system to ensure the correct operation of control switches, system pressure switches, thermostats, blower motors, and compressor clutches
- Checking the temperature of the condenser while the system is running
Air conditioning is not usually included in a general car service, so you may like to use your regas as a chance to book a comprehensive air conditioner service with Highfields Mechanical. This has the added bonus of increasing the lifespan of the air conditioner.
How to Maintain Your Car Aircon
The easiest way to determine whether your car air conditioning needs to be repaired is if it stops working altogether. However, as uncomfortable as this situation may be, it is actually just as problematic when the car air conditioner is still working — but doing so inefficiently. This is most often due to the general wear and tear that occurs within the climate control system. The problem with a poorly maintained air conditioner is that it will place higher demands on the car whenever it is in use, which means more petrol consumption.
Most manufacturers recommend that a car air conditioning system undergo regular inspections to ensure reliable and consistent performance. When a vehicle is still covered by its warranty, the manufacturer specifies which checks and services should be carried out in order to maintain the vehicle warranty.
As a member of the Bosch Car Service Network, the experienced team at Highfields Mechanical are backed by a nationwide guarantee. Highfields Mechanical are fully equipped with the latest automotive tools and technology to ensure you get the best results and maintain your manufacturer’s warranty. With our high quality service and expert knowledge of most vehicle makes and models, our team can identify small problems with your car’s air con before they become major issues.