We know how harsh the Australian climate can get, especially during the summer. As such, it is critical for you to consider the state of your vehicle’s air conditioning throughout the year. After all, you wouldn’t want to drive in a sweltering car in over 30-degree weather. Keep in mind that once there’s a leak in your air conditioning system, your refrigerant will be useless. So, now is the time to get your air conditioning serviced and re-gassed. In this way, you can enjoy cool air in your vehicle even on scorching hot days.
What Is Re-Gassing?
When you get your air conditioning re-gassed, the mechanic will first get rid of the system’s old refrigerant gas. They will then replace it with the new product, allowing your car’s interior to stay cool whilst driving. When your vehicle’s air con is not blowing cold air, re-gassing it should be the first thing you look into. Here at European Prestige, the process takes no longer than an hour for us to complete. There may be other reasons behind the issue, however our technicians will be able to identify the root cause promptly.
Why Should You Get Your Air Conditioning System Re-Gassed?
When you maintain your vehicle’s air conditioning system, you can ensure that it will stay cool even during the summer. As someone who drives under the harsh Australian conditions, you can remain comfortable and focus on driving safely. When re-gassing your air conditioning system, our technician will check the components, including the thermostats, drive belts, condenser, valve, hoses, and vent temperature.
How Often Should You Have an Air Con Re-Gassing Service?
Ideally, you should have your air-con re-gassed every two years. Unfortunately, many people only consider getting this service once they start to experience a lack of cold air coming from the system. Of course, this doesn’t affect the overall performance of a vehicle. However, when an air conditioner doesn’t function properly, it can be challenging to demist your windows during colder seasons. Moreover, your engine will work harder, which can affect your fuel efficiency. So, stick with the recommended re-gassing interval—every two years.
Should You Settle for a Cheap Air Conditioning Re-Gas?
You might be tempted to opt for a lower-priced service that uses cheap replacement refrigerant gas. However, you should beware of doing so. This is because using refrigerants that aren’t intended for your vehicle may cause damage. Bearing this in mind, you should always check if the gas meets your car manufacturer’s requirements. It may be a little more expensive to use the right gas, however it will ensure your safety while driving in the long run.
How to Increase the Lifespan of Your Car’s Air Conditioning System
- Even when it’s cold, you should run your air conditioner every few weeks. Doing so will let the lubricant of the gas circulate properly. This way, you can prevent the seals from becoming dry and breaking.
- Park your car under a shaded area and use windshield shades. When you start your car with a slightly cooler temperature, you’re reducing the strain on the air conditioner. It will be easier for the system to bring the cabin to a comfortable temperature.
- If you’re taking a short trip, opt for ‘recirculating’ cool air inside the cabin. Once the car is cooler, you can switch back to normal function.
- If the car is hot, slightly bring down the rear windows. Doing so will allow hot air to escape for a couple of minutes.
- Ask your mechanic to replace the receiver driver and compressor once they have reached the end of their life.
- Regularly bring your car into European Prestige for cabin air filter replacement. This is an inexpensive service, and it will ensure the quality of the air in your vehicle.
Should You Re-Gas Your Air Con System on Your Own?
Of course, you can purchase a re-gas kit online and try doing the job yourself. However, we would advise against it. In most cases, a DIY re-gas costs almost the same amount as a specialist service. However, if you make mistakes, you may end up dealing with an even more expensive repair bill. When you bring your car into European Prestige, you can ensure that our technicians know how to check for leaks and other air conditioning problems. Moreover, our team always considers safety factors when performing the job.
Get Your Air Con Re-Gassed for the Summer Now!
Here at European Prestige Auto Service, we employ qualified and experienced technicians. They take all the safety precautions when handling refrigerant gas. You can also check and verify the license at our shop. With a qualified technician, you can be confident that your re-gas service will be handled according to the regulations.
Call European Prestige now to schedule your air conditioning re-gas!