Not only does air conditioning keep you cool whilst you’re driving, it also helps to filter out pollen, pollutants and airborne bacteria making the environment within your car much cleaner and healthier.
If your air conditioning isn’t as cold as you remember it may just need a recharge. Over time, vehicle air-conditioning systems lose their gas, especially when they’re not used regularly. This means that when you come to use your AC on a hot day it’s not as icy cold as it should be.
Most manufacturers recommend an air con recharge at least every 2 years to ensure the system is working as fully as it should be. Here at Eden Tyres & Servicing, our f-gas registered technicians are expertly trained to ensure that your air-conditioning works as efficiently as possible.
We now offer two different types of air-con recharge:
- Standard Recharge using R134A gas
- New Generation Recharge using R1234YF gas
The reason for this is that car manufacturers have been forced to change the refrigerant used in new vehicle air conditioning systems. The refrigerant that has traditionally been used for the last 20 years or so (R134A) has been found to be extremely damaging to the environment, contributing to the destruction of the ozone layer. We have taken measures to eliminate any damage to the environment by ensuring all our technicians are F-Gas registered and that a nitrogen test is carried out prior to a recharge on any system that contains no gas or that we suspect may have a leak. However, on vehicles manufactured after 2017 (and occasionally some before) the traditional R134A gas is no longer suitable and the significantly more expensive R1234YF gas has to be used.
Most vehicles made before 2017 will need a standard regas. There are a few exceptions to this, but the vast majority will have systems that need the standard R134A gas. Vehicles manufactured after 2017 will need the new generation R1234YF gas, you can check this by taking a look under your car bonnet where you should find a manufacturer sticker confirming which gas is required. You will also be able to find this information in the manufacturer’s handbook.
Your air con system will naturally lose up to 15% of it’s gas every year so all systems will require a recharge over time. Systems that are used regularly generally operate much better which is why we recommend you use your air-con throughout the year. Using the A/C settings to demist your vehicle in the autumn and winter will help keep the system in good working order and ensure components and seals don’t seize leading to a more expensive repair bill.
The answer is yes it does, although not much more. However, if you decided to open your windows instead in an effort to stay cool, that would increase your wind resistance which could mean you’d use up to 10% more fuel and it wouldn’t keep you as cool either!
As vehicle manufacturers have made system components smaller in an effort to save space, bacteria, fungus and other microbes are now more easily trapped inside the evaporator core which often leads to your air-conditioning smelling stale. We can carry out an antibacterial clean on your air con system which will ensure the cool air within your vehicle is healthy, clean and smells fresh.