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Why do I Need to Service my Air Conditioning?

Now that days are longer and it’s getting warmer, you’ll probably start using your air conditioning more each week. If you’ve ever had a long drive on a motorway on a hot summer’s day you’ll know how uncomfortable it can be – which is why you should get your air-con checked out before summer begins.

If you’re wondering why it’s necessary to have your air conditioning serviced, we’ve put together some of the top reasons. It’s generally not too expensive and doesn’t take too long, so don’t put it off any longer – get your air con looked at before the weather gets warmer.

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Know when to top up

A vehicle’s air conditioning system requires certain gases and refrigerants to work effectively – and over time these need topping up. On average, a car loses 10%-15% of its refrigerant each year, and generally a service is required every 18 -24 months depending on mileage. During a service, a mechanic can tell you if anything needs topping up to improve performance.

Check for leaks

Leaking refrigerant is not good for any vehicle. It’s also difficult to know whether there are any leaks or faulty parts without doing a full air con service.

Remove nasty smells

Air con systems can easily harbour bacteria and fungus, and this can lead to an unpleasant smell being emitted into the vehicle. This odour is more than just an inconvenience for drivers and passengers, and can only be fixed with a full service including a system vacuum, clean and re-gas.

Stop allergies

As the air conditioning system can be a breeding ground for harmful bacteria, this then gets blown into the car and breathed in by your passengers. For people with asthma or other allergies, this can be problematic. Having your air con serviced regularly can prevent the build-up of fungus and bacteria in the evaporator core, which makes the car a healthier place for you and your passengers.

A leak could damage the environment

Air con systems use refrigerants and chemicals which are harmful to the environment – although modern ones should now be replaced with less harmful gases. If these leak from the car or are disposed of irresponsibly, the planet is seriously affected. Do the good thing and save the world by having your air con serviced!

If you’d like to know more about our air conditioning service or to book an appointment before the busy season, contact us today.