AIR CON SYSTEM NOT WORKING AS IT SHOULD? POP IN AND SEE US.
Nearly all modern cars have air conditioning. These systems are overlooked when the car goes for a service, usually because the owner is happy that’s it’s working fine. Air conditioning systems need servicing every two years to maintain the effectiveness of the system. A fully charged system works more efficiently and so increases fuel economy and greatly increases the life of the compressor unit. The system contains refrigerant which will escape with time whether used or not. We offer a free air conditioning visual check if you are unsure whether your system is working as it should, just pop in.
Thorough pressure test of the system
this checks for any major or minor leaks in the system up to pressures in excess of 150 psi to ensure that when new refrigerant is put into your system it stays there instead of leaking into the atmosphere which is not only an expensive loss of money but also breaks environmental laws! Dry Nitrogen is used for this test as this does not react with the refrigerant. Should normal air be used the system would be contaminated resulting in future costly repairs. Should your car fail this test we will stop the re-gas procedure and only charge £15 + vat (£18) for the pressure test. We may be able to tell you what is needed to repair the leak, if not further investigation will be required to find it. Once the leak has been fixed we will only charge £25+vat to then re-gas your system.
System clean and re-gas
Should the pressure test be ok, we will continue with vacuuming the system to remove contamination. This procedure takes approx. 15 minutes to do effectively, but will ensure the new gas remains effective for longer (similar concept to removing old engine oil before refilling with new when carrying out an oil service). After this, the refrigerant is put into the system. This has to be the correct amount for your model of car to work properly. Please note Autochoice only use ‘virgin’ R134a gas . This is different to recycled R134a which has inferior refrigerant properties.
The air con system should now work with immediate effect (subject to no electrical faults). We will also check to see if cooling fans are kicking in to ensure efficient operation.
Please note this service is carried out on a while you wait basis 7 days a week so no booking is required. Should you require a definite booking than please call us to arrange, 024 7685 0077