The air conditioning is one of the most important features in your vehicle to keep you comfortable even on a hot day. It also assists with demisting of the windscreen when it fogs up.
But what happens when your aircon doesn’t blow as cold as it used to or if it doesn’t work at all? Our team has explained all you need to know about air conditioning regas and air conditioning repairs.
How does a car air conditioning system work?
The air conditioning unit of your vehicle is a sealed system. It doesn’t require a high amount of maintenance. During the regular servicing of your car, however, your aircon usually won’t be checked.
The active component of your air conditioning system is refrigerant. The compressor pumps the refrigerant as a gas through the system, it then passes through the condenser which it is then cooled to a point where it changes its state in to a liquid. In liquid form, it is then filtered through the receiver drier removing any moisture or contaminants from the system. Afterwards, it flows through the expansion valve to lower the pressure and temperature further. In the last step, it runs through the evaporator in a gas/liquid state. As air from the blower passes through, it evaporates the liquid and cools the cabin. The refrigerant gas then flows back to the compressor to begin the process again.
The gas can gradually leak from the system and this can happen even without a fault or leak. The process leads to a decrease of refrigerant gas in the system and your aircon won’t be as cold as it used to be.
General wear and tear of the system are normal. There are also a variety of causes that can damage your A/C such as debris thrown up from the road and corrosion of the system components.
Usually, we recommend to re-gas your air conditioning system every 12 months.
How much does it cost to regas air con?
There are different types of refrigerants such as R134a and R1234yf. Depending on your air conditioning system, our team will use the correct refrigerant for your A/C type.
Car air conditioning regas costs vary depending on several factors. When you bring your car to ProSpark Auto Electrical, our qualified technicians may take the following steps to check your air con:
- Checking the pressure and level of refrigerant
- Testing the compressor power and ground
- Leak testing and system check
- Removing all the old refrigerant out of the system and adding new refrigerant
If your vehicle simply needs an air conditioning service and regas, the price starts from $130.
If our team identifies a significant leak and your air conditioning system cannot hold pressure, we recommend repairing the leak prior to regassing. We will inform you if this is the case and additional fees may incur.
How long does a car air conditioning regas service take?
Depending on your vehicle, an air conditioning service can take between 1 to 3 hours. Removing the refrigerant gas and replacing it takes around 45 minutes.
Air conditioning regas and repairs Gold Coast
Our qualified technicians are here to ensure that your air conditioning is running without any issues and you stay cool while you drive. To book in for a regas air conditioning service, call us today on 07 5620 4999 or contact us via website enquiry.
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