Finally the days are getting longer and the weather is warming up… summer is just around the corner! While the British summer is famously unpredictable, it’s likely we’ll get some hot days during the season – which Brits typically aren’t prepared for. One of the things we forget to prepare during summer is our vehicles, which also aren’t used to the hot temperatures.

Is there anything worse than being stuck in a hot car on a warm summer’s day? Having the windows open isn’t always practical but if the air con isn’t working you have no choice. Don’t be the person who forgets to maintain their air conditioning system before summer – you’ll regret it on those beautiful days! Take a look at this checklist to carry out pre-summer, to ensure your air con will keep you cool this summer without a hitch.

Check for leaks

A leak in a cars air conditioning system will not only affect performance, it can be dangerous for the environment too. The gases used can contribute to global warming and negatively impact the environment, so if you do spot a leak it’s important to take action right away. A good mechanic should be well trained in dealing with these harmful refrigerants to minimise impacts on the environment.

Check for nasty smells

Because of the nature of air con systems, they can become a breeding ground for fungus and bacteria. A build up can occur in the evaporator core, which can emit an unpleasant smell. People who suffer from allergies and asthma may notice when this bacteria has multiplied, and if you spot a bad odour then it’s time to get the air con checked out by a professional garage.

Run the air con often

An air conditioning system doesn’t just blow cold air into the vehicle – it is a complex system which removes hot air and sends it into the outside atmosphere. It has a lot of mechanical parts such as an evaporator and a condenser, and uses refrigerant gases. With this in mind it’s a good idea to run the system at least once or twice a week, even if it’s not that hot, to keep the components lubricated and the system operating effectively.

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Get an air con service

Typically, your air conditioning system doesn’t get looked at during an MOT or service unless stated; it’s not a standard part of the checklist as not all vehicles have one. 10%-15% of the system’s refrigerant is lost each year, so to keep it in good working hour it’s a good idea to book an air conditioning service annually – and before summer is the ideal time.

Contact us today if you’re having problems with your air con or just want a professional to check for any problems as a preventative measure.

Pre-Summer Air Con Checklist