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How Often Does Your Car Need An Aircon Regas?



Fortunately, in 2019 car air conditioning is no longer the luxury it once used to be. We all have it in our cars and we expect it to work from the second we get in the car, all year round. There’s nothing better than seeking refuge from the Perth summer in your car while the air conditioning blasts you with ice-cold air.


Over time, however, you may find your car's air conditioning starts to lose the reliability it had when you first purchased the car. Like most mechanical things if you want it to work and work well it needs servicing and that’s exactly what an aircon regas is.


Here we outline what the process is, how often it should be done as well as some tips to increase the lifespan of your car's air conditioning.

 

What is a car aircon regas?


Air conditioning regassing involves removing the existing refrigerant from your unit and replacing it with new refrigerant. During this process, the qualified refrigerant technician will use a special gas recovery unit to remove the gas from your car air conditioner safely, and to check for any repairs that need to be made. The gas recovery unit works in a way that prevents any gas escaping into the atmosphere which is especially harmful to the ozone layer.


The recovery unit will also measure the gas to identify if any has escaped. If it has, then the technician will top up the refrigerant gas levels. Without sufficient amounts of refrigerant your car air conditioning will struggle to blow the cold air we want in the peak of summer.



How often does your car need an aircon regas?


On average it’s recommended you regas your car air conditioning once every two years. This is dependent on a handful of variables such as how often you use your car AC, if there’s a leak in your car aircon system and the age or quality of your system to name a few. Some brands as expected perform better than others and can last years without needing an aircon regas.

“We suggest having your car conditioning system serviced once a year to maintain optimum efficiency all year round” says Aaron Scagliotta, Director (Gino’s Panel and Paint). “If you stay on top of your servicing you’ll be increasing the chances of your system lasting longer and not leaving you stranded when you need it most”

The best practice is to treat your car AC like your engine. In the same way, you wouldn’t neglect an engine issue you shouldn’t neglect an AC issue. Ultimately the less efficient your car aircon is running the harder your engine has to work and the higher your fuel consumption will be.


Book an Air Conditioning Service today with us.

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