Importance of Air Conditioning 

A sufficient supply of air conditioning benefits us all in those hot summer days and minimises the risk of an overheated vehicle. In fact, air-conditioning actually eliminates pollutants which ensure the air inside your vehicle is free of harmful bacteria. The air-con system can also be used for de-misting the windscreen to improve your view of the road. It’s fair to say it is essential the cooling system works all year round!

You may not necessarily use the air conditioning system often especially during colder months, however, the system can lose refrigerant gas if not used regularly.

In addition to this, air-conditioning actually eliminates pollutants which ensure the air inside your vehicle is free of harmful bacteria.

Did you know bacteria, mould and fungi can build up on the evaporator in your air-con system causing foul smells that secrete when the air con is turned on? Not what you need on a long summers drive! Especially during Covid-19!

Did you know?

On the average vehicle, air conditioning systems will lose approximately 10% of its refrigerant every year.

Also! Bringing your vehicle in for an air-con service drastically improves the efficiency of your vehicle, in turn putting less strain on your engine resulting in using less fuel and saving you money!

Common signs and causes of Air Conditioning faults

  • Leaks caused by cracked pipes or loose connections
  • Excessive water or moisture in the system causing corrosion to mechanical components
  • Lack of or no cool air ventilating from the system

What will we check?

Most manufacturers recommend an Air Conditioning Service every 2 years. Our ATA technicians can identify whether the air-con system requires a recharge or repair and provide you with a no-obligation comprehensive quote before any works are undertaken. Find out the process with our Aircon recharge guide

How long does an Air con service take?

Approximately 1 hour, however, it all depends on your vehicle's make, model and condition.

What is the difference between the gasses?

R134a and R1234yf are similar, however, R1234yf was created as a more environmentally friendly replacement to R134a. The biggest difference between the two is that R1234yf is mildly flammable and does require special handling. R744 is carbon dioxide meaning it is non-flammable.

So what air con gas goes into my vehicle?

As of 2017, a new type of air conditioning gas is required by law for all new vehicles. Typically any vehicle made before 2017 will be fitted with R134a gas.

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