Time For Your Car A/C Service?
by Jamie Ruf
There’s a chill in the air and summer is well and truly over. Who thinks about their car’s air conditioning at this time of year? Well, don’t be fooled - although we are moving into winter, it’s not time to forget about it. In fact, it might be time for a service.
You may not know this, but all vehicle air conditioning systems leak to some degree as refrigerant escapes through the pipe joins. This is a natural result of the vibration and ageing of rubber hoses and 'O' ring seals in the system.
If you don’t keep an eye on it, you might notice you’re not only a bit warmer than usual, but that you’re spending more at the petrol pump. If the leaks get bigger, more refrigerant escapes and the system can’t cool the air as well. If it’s been a while since you’ve checked out your system, you may be running on a low amount of oil and gas. This reduces your compressor’s capacity to run efficiently, costing you extra in fuel.
How can you avoid this? We recommend regular checks of your vehicle’s air conditioner system.
If you want, try checking things out yourself first. There’s a few obvious things to look out for that could mean your system is breaking down.
- Drive belt tension
- Blocked air flow through the Condenser and Radiator
- Visible signs of Refrigerant oil stain at the compressor, hoses, pipes or fittings.
- Loose or faulty compressor mounting brackets
- Service port caps missing
If you’re still not sure after a visual inspection, it’s easy to put it in the capable hands of the professionals. To make sure the condition of your system and its overall performance is up to scratch, an annual inspection does the job. And even if everything appears to be working well, a service of the system should be carried out every two years. Why? It is estimated that you lose between 20-30% of the initial gas charge over a two year period and this figure is based on NEW vehicles.
Any car manufacturer will tell you that your Air-Con system should be recharged with gas and lubricant every 2 years. This isn’t done when you take your car for its regular service, so chances are that if your vehicle is more than 2 years old it’s probably time for a Re-Gas and Re-Charge.
At Keepin Cool, our fully qualified air conditioning technicians can give you a detailed report on the condition of your system and help you out with any necessary repairs and maintenance. We want to get your air-con working to its optimal performance, so make an appointment to see us today!