A guide to air conditioning recharge

Wednesday 29th July 2020

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Everything you need to know about air conditioning regas

Is your air conditioning not as effective as it once was? Or perhaps it might have even stopped working completely? You likely need an air con recharge. But what is air conditioning recharge, or re-gas? And why does your car’s air conditioning systems need it?

What is an air conditioning recharge?

Air conditioning recharge, also known as air conditioning re-gas, involves a process of removing old refrigerant gas from your car’s air conditioning system, and then replacing it with new refrigerant. The purpose of this service is to improve the efficiency of the air conditioning system, and allowing the air conditioning to continue to run cold.

How do I know if my air conditioning needs regassing?

Is the air blowing from your vents not as cold as it used to be? Or perhaps the air conditioning is running and the car temperature feels no different? These are often some of the tell-tale signs which indicate your vehicle may be in need of an air conditioning re-gas. To ensure your air conditioning is maintained as effectively as possible, find out car air conditioning tips from our detailed guide.

How often should my air conditioning be recharged?

It is recommended that your air conditioning is recharged every 2 years. However, it’s common that most people tend to wait until there’s a problem – which can often be a mistake. It’s important to note that air conditioning is not usually covered in a car service – so it’s crucial that you recognise the signs yourself when your vehicle is in need of air conditioning maintenance.

Can you recharge air conditioning at home?

It is possible to re-gas your air conditioning yourself – however, this is not always recommended. The aircon re-gas kits that you need to purchase in order to recharge your air conditioning at home can be costly, and, if you’re not an expert in air conditioning recharging, there’s a chance something may go wrong – which could result in costly repairs. Health and safety can also be an issue as the refrigerant gas can cause freeze burns if it contacts your skin or eyes.

Air conditioning services at Formula One Autocentres

That’s why it’s recommended to have an expert complete the service for you. Here at Formula One Autocentres, we offer two different types of air conditioning services:

  • Air conditioning re-gas
  • Air conditioning clean

The air con clean refers to removing harmful bacteria that can build up within the air conditioning system. This service is recommended to be carried out once a year to keep your air conditioning system as clean as possible.

Now you’re clued up on recharging air conditioning, book yourself in for our air conditioning service at your local Formula One Autocentre now. Alternatively, get in touch with our experts for further information.

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