Air Conditioning

Did you know you can use your air-conditioning all year round?

In Summer to keep cool!

In Winter in conjunction with your heater for super quick demisting of your windows

It is important to use your air-conditioning all year round to keep lubricants and refrigerants circulating and prevent seals and joints drying out.

Q. How long does it take to service and re-gas my aircon system?
A. At least one hour, anything less means that the job is not being done correctly.

Q. How much gas does my aircon system take?
A. It varies on make and model. The refrigerant is metered by weight and a small car may take half a kilo, a luxury car with climate control may take one and a half kilo, we follow manufacture specifications.

Q. How often should my aircon system be serviced?
A. Every 18 months to 2 years to ensure it operates at maximum efficiency. If you let the system run low on refrigerant the compressor has to work twice as hard and will therefore wear out in half the time.

Q. How often should I run the aircon in my car?
A. All the time on hot or cold depending on the outside temperature. This will ensure that the rubber seals and gaskets in your system don’t dry out and crack thereby causing leaks. Run your system for a few minutes every week at the very least. Contrary to popular belief it does not greatly reduce your Litres per 100km.

Q. There are aircon gas ‘top-up’ kits for sale in motorists shops, how good are they and should I consider using them?
A. Don’t use them for two reasons. 1. They are potentially dangerous and you could injure yourself. 2. Your aircon system will contain moisture and contaminants that you will re-circulate throughout all the aircon pipes and components. We remove all moisture and contaminants as part of our service schedule prior to re-gassing. This process alone takes 20-30 minutes.

Q. How do I check that the aircon system is working when I go to buy a second hand car?
A. Start the engine and lift the bonnet, turn the aircon onto maximum cold and maximum fan blower speed. The air from the vents should be almost freezing cold within a minute or so.Go to the front of the car and listen for the compressor clutch clicking in and out and an accompanying slight rise and fall in engine revs. The compressor is driven by a belt at the front of the engine and is about the same size as the alternator. If all this happens then the a/c is working OK.

Q. Why does my car aircon system run low on refrigerant ?
A. All the pipes and connections on your aircon system are naturally slightly porous so you lose anything up to 20% of the gas every year due to natural leakage.