Air conditioning, as it’s name suggests, does more than just provide cold air in warm weather. Did you know your car uses more fuel when you open a window than it does when you turn on your air conditioning? Did you know the AC system when working, removes more pollen and pollutants from the air entering the car than a conventional heating system?
From time to time your car’s air conditioning system will require servicing (most manufacturers recommend an AC service every 2 years). If your AC system is not producing cold air, it needs attention.
Over time the refrigerant within the system that creates the chilled air is lost and the efficiency and cooling capacity of the AC system drops or is lost completely. Faulty, damaged and leaking components can also reduce the efficiency of the system.
The service (often referred to as a “regas” or “recharge”) consists of removing and cleaning any refrigerant which remains in the system, checking the system for leaks, then refilling the system with the specified amount of refrigerant and lubricating oil (for the mechanical components).