Why do I need an air conditioning recharge?

A woman going to press a Air Conditioning button on her car

Most modern vehicles come with air conditioning as standard. This helps a lot of drivers feel comfortable and safe on a hot day whilst helping demist your windscreen faster too. Like most other components in your car, your air conditioning will need maintenance. Over time, especially if your car air conditioning isn’t used regularly, you will lose some of the refrigerant gas that keeps it working.

If you’re unsure when or why you need a car air conditioning recharge, don’t worry. The process is relatively simple, and an expert will always be happy to help you.

Replace lost gas

Every 2 years or so, the gas in your car air conditioning system leaks. This is not necessarily because you have a problem with the system. It just naturally occurs through the vents and joints. It’s only around 10% each year, but it does mean that your system needs topping up every so often. This top-up of refrigerant gas is what is called a recharge. Without topping up the gas, your system will eventually lose all gas and stop working. In fact, if the system has no gas in at all but is still running, it can cause significant damage. That’s why it’s best to get a recharge done regularly as it can save you money on repairs.

It’s not included in your annual MOT or service

Your MOT follows strict guidelines to ensure your vehicle is safe. As air conditioning isn’t vital to your safety, it’s not checked during your MOT test. In addition to this, your air conditioning recharge isn’t included in your regular services either. Regular servicing keeps your car running smoother for longer, but unfortunately, this means your air conditioning re-gas isn’t included. It is recommended, however, that you get your air conditioning service every 2 years or so. Your recharge will happen during the service along with checking for leaks and cleaning the system.

Saving you money

A recharge essentially replaces the gas that leaks out the system. This refrigerant gas is what keeps the air conditioning system working properly. If your system becomes really low on refrigerant gas, it is an easy fix. However, if there is none left in the system, it can indicate a further problem. Getting an air conditioning recharge can help prevent damage such as cracks and corrosion. Getting your air conditioning system repaired can be a lot more expensive than a simple recharge every 2 years. Furthermore, it saves you money on fuel to use the air conditioning rather than have your windows down.

If you think there’s a problem with your car’s air conditioning, get it checked out as soon as you can. Booking a recharge is simple and easy to do. It’s a cheap way of keeping your air conditioning system running smoothly all year round. It’s recommended every 2 years.

Book online with us today for free to find out if you need a car air conditioning recharge.