Vehicle Air Conditioning Servicing
Air conditioning has come a long way since it was first introduced initially in 1902 – and then installed in cars as of 1939. Those early systems used to fill the entire boot space of a car, until General Motors created the front-mounted aircon system in the 1950s.
Early car aircon systems used to run on a gas called Freon, but this is no longer used. Vehicle A/C systems are now much more efficient and environmentally friendly.
What Is car air conditioning regassing?
Regassing is the process of removing old refrigeration gas from your aircon unit and filling it with new refrigerant. This makes the system work more efficiently and needs to be done regularly. We don’t recommend you do this yourself. Bring your vehicle in to the experts at Mt Roskill Collision Centre and we can do it for you if you suspect your aircon system hasn’t been checked in a while. We can also include regassing as part of your regular service appointments.
How often does car air conditioning need to be regassed?
The frequency depends on the age of your vehicle and the climate where you live. Your car loses approximately 10 per cent of the refrigerant every year. Every year, therefore, you will experience less cool air if you don’t have your aircon system maintained and regassed regularly.
If you notice that the air blowing from your vents isn’t as cool as it used to be, it may be time to have your aircon system regassed. If you have no recollection of ever having your system regassed, then it’s probably time to do so.
Does aircon make your car use more fuel?
If you use your aircon properly, it will actually help your car run more efficiently.
This involves having your aircon checked and serviced regularly. Like many other parts of your car, a poorly functioning aircon system will make your engine work harder than it needs to – increasing your fuel consumption.
Driving with the windows open will create drag or wind resistance, which means your engine has to work harder than it should. While turning on the A/C might add to your fuel use, it’s less than the increased fuel use caused by the aerodynamic drag of open windows. We advise you always use your aircon instead of opening windows while driving on the motorway.
Other things you can do to help your aircon system work well are using it regularly and having the cabin filters changed regularly.
We recommend you have your A/C checked once a year
It’s essential to have your vehicle’s air conditioning system regularly checked and maintained for a couple of very important reasons:
- a clean, well-maintained air conditioning system helps your car run more efficiently, using less fuel
- looking after your vehicle’s air conditioning system helps prevent aircon gases from being emitted into the atmosphere
What is involved in a vehicle aircon check and service?
We are equipped with the latest and most advanced air conditioning service equipment to provide a comprehensive air conditioning service that includes:
- cleaning and recycling gas removed from the vehicle before putting it back in
- topping up your vehicle’s aircon gas (it naturally loses some over time)
- checking that the aircon compressor is working as it should be, so it’s not running the engine harder than it should and using more fuel than necessary
- checking your refrigerant levels and topping up as needed
- checking that your vehicle has no leaks in its aircon system
- cleaning your vehicle’s air vents to prevent bacteria causing bad car smells
Our aircon service also includes a thorough inspection of your:
- drive belts pulleys
- valve and thermostat operation
- condenser temperature
- suction line temperature
- air vent temperature
Our aircon machine is eco-friendly as it recycles the gas and minimises the gas waste that could eventually end up in the atmosphere.