Car air con re-gas - what you need to know

Car air con re-gas - what you need to know

When your car air conditioning stops working, it normally means that you need an air con re-gas. Most modern cars are fitted with air conditioning, so it’s really easy to get from a local garage. It’s a quick fix and can easily get you back on the road again, staying cool.

Fortunately, it’s not too expensive either to get your air con working again.

What is a car air con re-gas?

A car air conditioning re-gas helps to remove the old refrigerant gas from your system and replacing it with new refrigerant. This helps to keep your air conditioning working effectively and staying cool. Normally, if you’re experiencing issues, it’s a simple fix and easy to do. It can also be known as I recharge. There may be other reasons, but it’s normally the first port of call.

How do I know when it needs to be done?

Your car’s air conditioning system normally shows signs that you need an air con re-gas. The first one is that it takes a little longer to cool down the air. In fact, if it doesn’t appear to be blowing out cold air at all then you may be a little overdue. Typically, to avoid the system suffering or causing damage, it’s recommended to get a re-gas every two years.

Can I do it myself?

There are air-con re-gas kits if you feel you have the knowledge to have a go yourself. However, the kit itself can be just as expensive as visiting your local garage. Also, if it’s done wrong it could cost you more money. When you take it to a garage, it’s a fairly quick, inexpensive and easy process. The gas can also be hazardous, so you need to make sure you know what you’re doing to stay safe.

Do I also need an air conditioning service?

It also recommended to get an air conditioning service every 2 years or so to keep the system working. However, when you get an air con re-gas you can ask your car air conditioning specialist to check out the system for any leaks to see if there’s anything else that could be causing inefficiency. If you regularly get your air con checked, then your garage will tell you when the right time is for a service.

Do I just need to use my air-con in the summer?

A lot of people don’t realise that it’s actually beneficial to use your air con in the winter too. It can help demist your windows as it turns outside air into dry air. That’s why it’s not worth putting off getting your system re-gassed as it can be useful all year round.

What happens if I don’t recharge the car air conditioning?

If you don’t regularly get a recharge for your car’s air conditioning system, it gradually loses the refrigerant gas. This doesn’t only make the car uncomfortable in hot weather, but it also can cause damage to your system. Over time, with no gas in the system, it can cause cracks, leaks or blockages which can cause a lot more money in the long run.

If you want to book in your car for an air conditioning, get in touch or book online today.