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Air Conditioning Recharge Services at Priorslee Motor Services, Telford
Air Conditioning Recharge and Service
How much is an air con recharge?
The price you pay for an air conditioning recharge depends on the type of refrigerant gas your car uses. The vast majority of cars on the road in the UK use one of two types of refrigerant - R134A and R1234YF. If your air conditioning system requires R134A gas the cost to recharge is £59.99. For vehicles that require R1234YF gas the cost is £120.00 to recharge
How do I know which air con gas I require?
R134A gas is common in vehicles manufactured before 2014. All vehicles with air conditioning manufactured since 1st January 2017 include the new R1234YF air con gas which is more environmentally friendly. Since this date, manufacturers are no longer allowed to use the older R134A air con gas in a bid to reduce global warming as the old gas is believed to be more damaging to the environment. R1234YF gas was phased in by vehicle manufacturers over time so vehicles rolling off the production line between 2014 and 2016 could require either gas.
Does my air con need recharging?
Manufacturers recommend that your air con is recharged every 2 years. As your car or van air conditioner is not checked as part of your MOT test and re-gassing is not typically included in your Service, it is important to make sure that you include recharging as part of your regular vehicle maintenance routine.
If your AC is blowing out warm air or only works intermittently, an AC recharge can bring back cold air when you need it most on hot days and can also improve your fuel efficiency as there is less strain on the system and engine. Unpleasant smells coming from the air vents also suggest that your air con needs some attention.
Did you know?
Air conditioning doesn’t just provide in-car comfort during the hot summer months; it can also be used in winter to demist your windscreen. Air con systems create dry warm air rather than the normal humid air from outside which can clear your windscreen much more quickly than your regular blowers.
Recharge at Priorslee Motor Services
The recharge process is quite simple and involves removing any old refrigerant gas and oil from your air con system before replacing this with the correct amount of new refrigerant and lubricant as per your vehicle manufacturer’s recommendation. A vacuum test is also performed to ensure there are no cracks or damage in your vehicle air conditioning system that could cause the gas to leak out.
Within an hour the whole recharge process is completed and you will once again have refreshing cool air on demand. Vehicle air conditioners that are not recharged regularly will be less effective and have to work harder to produce cool air. This puts more strain on the engine and uses more fuel. If your air conditioning system has not been recharged in the past two years it will dramatically reduce efficiency.
Air Conditioning Problems?
There can be a number of common faults with a vehicle's Air Conditioning system. These can include:
Natural loss of gas
This is usually caused by the lack of use during cold periods or the system not being serviced regularly. By running the air conditioning during the winter months this will help with the de-misting process and also keep the seals moist.
Loss of gas due to leakage
Pipe work and hoses can become loose causing fractures. Hoses can rub together causing holes and pipe work and condensers can corrode with the gritting salts used during winter. Stone chips to the condenser can also cause leaks to start.
Common electrical faults
Problems with pressure switches, fuses, relays and cables can cause systems to stop running.
When you use your Air Conditioning, moisture from the air condenses onto the cold surfaces of your Air Con’s mechanism. Over periods of disuse, some of this residual air can become home to naturally occurring micro-organisms, mildew and mould. These microbes can produce unpleasant smells and cause flu-like symptoms in the vehicle’s occupants.
Call Priorslee Motor Services Ltd to book in or discuss any air conditioning concerns you may have. 01952 615939