Car manufacturers usually recommend that air conditioning is recharged every two years. Air con is not checked as part of a standard MOT, and a normal car service will not check or re-gas your car air conditioning unless you request it so it is important to bear in mind when considering vehicle maintenance. If your car air conditioning has not been serviced within the last two years it may be affecting your car’s overall fuel efficiency. If you’ve been experiencing unpleasant smells when you switch the air conditioning on, this could mean there is bacteria in the system which needs to be cleaned away.
When you bring your car to MOT City for air con servicing and recharge, we will remove any remaining refrigerant from your car’s air con system before replacing it with new refrigerant and lubricant. We will also perform a vacuum test to make sure that there is no damage to the system such as cracks which could allow the gas to leak.
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Why do I need to service my air conditioner?
Car air conditioning requires regular servicing to ensure it is working efficiently and ready to use at any time. Car air con also needs to be recharged regularly as otherwise it can begin to work intermittently, or to blow out only warm air.
Your car’s air conditioning does more than just cool the air during hot weather; it can also help to filter out pollutants and bacteria in the air. Over time air con systems can become less efficient, especially when not used regularly.
If your car air conditioning doesn’t always work, or is only blowing out warm air, it probably needs to be recharged. You may also experience unpleasant smells coming through the air conditioning. Car air con that is not recharged regularly become less effective and have to work harder to produce cool air which can put more strain on your engine and use more fuel.
When we service your air conditioning we will perform a vacuum check which will highlight any damage or cracks which could be causing a leak. If we find a problem we will discuss your options with you before carrying out any work.
All cars manufactured since 2017 are required by law to use R1234YF refrigerant gas in their air conditioning units. We can provide this refrigerant if your vehicle requires it.