REASONS WHY AIR CON FAILS IN CARS
For anyone above the age of sixty aircon repair will be something to relish. Recounting being the owner of a car with inadequate air conditioning can provide the exact same symptoms, hot flushes and shivers down the spine. Air con repair is the most overlooked part of any car overview. It doesn’t form part of the MOT service and people don’t really think to maintain air coolant, refrigerant, lubricant or in fact anything much to do with a car unless the machine starts to have problems.
Master Tech Autos in Southampton can sort out your air con problems – call today on 02380 611161
When the air conditioning in a car fails then you certainly know about it. When you want cold air, all you get is hot as the air actually comes from within the engine. Not only hot air but smelly too, especially if pipes are broken or the compressor fails to circulate enough ‘fresh air’ on demand.
CHECKS THAT CAN BE MADE DURING AN AIR CON SERVICE
There are several parts to the air conditioning supply and each will need to be serviced or at least regularly checked. Considering a cars age and it’s use throughout life, regularly in this instance is every two years. The easiest part of the bi-annual check is the servicing, to offset any future air conditioning repair requirements, take steps to ensure the air con in the car doesn’t fail in the first place.
Simply recharge with lubricant and gas every two years, if you don’t know how to do this, any mechanic worth their salt will certainly be able to assist. The whole process of recharging usually takes less than an hour so turn up and get it done whenever. An engine with a faulty or damaged air con system will create a noise engine and use more fuel.
While it doesn’t seem a lot, approximately 10% of air-con gas escapes annually. This gas helps cool the incoming air and keep the internal system clean and dirt free, once the pressure begins to fall, then all number of things can start top go wrong, so check up every two years before air con repair becomes a necessity. As with most repairs with cars, they’re usually more expensive than the maintenance, no matter how costly you feel it is to maintain, the repairs usually end up being a lot more.
KEEPING CAR AIR CONDITIONING PROBLEMS AT BAY
So what have we learned, that while air conditioning isn’t an hassle to maintain, all hell will break lose should problems persists. For one simple reason, once the lubricant dries, then all parts start to seize up. System seals become clogged and ineffective, and the dirt, even though molecular, spreads throughout. the refrigerant needs continually topping up, every six months at best. Complete failure, component breakdown and compressor failure could cost a few thousand.
Other aspects to keep an eye on the cabin air filters. Should these begin to clog up then the liquid refrigerant will begin to do damage elsewhere. All inlets and outlets should be kept clean but driers should be left alone to do their dirty work, for several years if possible. Your local mechanic will know more about your engine and do their best to offset any future air con repair by recharging with the required amount of lubrication and gas each year or every two years.