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A guide to air conditioning recharge

24th July 2019

Is your air con not as effective as it once was? Or perhaps it's stopped working entirely? You may need an air conditioning recharge. Whether you decide to take your vehicle into your local Merityre garage to make use of our expert air con recharge services, or want to know more information on when to regas your air con, we have you covered. Find out everything about air con regas from our ultimate guide today.

Everything you need to know about air conditioning recharge

So, what is air con regassing?

This is the process of removing the old refrigerant gas from your vehicle's air conditioning system to then replace it with new refrigerant. The purpose of this process is to improve the efficiency of the system, and allowing the air conditioning to run cold again.

How do I know if my air conditioning needs regassing?

If the air being blown from the vents is not as cold as it used to be, you could be in need of aircon regas. Another tell-tale sign is if when the air conditioning is running, the temperature in the car feels no different to if your air conditioning is switched off.

How often should my air con be recharged?

Can't remember the last time your air conditioning was recharged? It may be worth having this checked. It's recommended that your air conditioning is recharged every 2 years – however, most people tend to wait until there is a problem. As this aircon regassing is not usually covered in a car service, it's important to stay on top you air con system's health – as faulty air conditioning means it'll be harder to clear your windscreen of mist in the winter, or stay cool in the summer.

How to recharge air con

So, you've noticed an issue with your air conditioning – can you regas your air conditioning system yourself? It is possible to buy aircon regas kits so you can recharge your air conditioning at home – but this isn't always recommended. The kits themselves can be costly, and if you're not an expert in air conditioning regassing, there's a chance something may go wrong – and result in costly repairs.

There's also the case of safety when regassing your air conditioning at home – as the refrigerant gas can cause freeze burns if it contacts your skin or your eyes, so you need to ensure you know what you're doing.

That's why it's recommended to have an expert complete this service for you. Here at Merityre, we have extensive air conditioning services, and a team of trained experts on hand to complete this service for you. As experienced technicians, our team are also more likely so spot other problems with your air conditioning which may need to be addressed.

What happens if I don’t have my air conditioning recharged?

The air conditioning system will gradually become less efficient. This can lead to short-term problems or inconveniences, such as being uncomfortable in warm weather or taking too long to demist the windows in the colder months. However, it can also cause long-term problems, such as causing the pipes to crack and seize up if the air conditioning is not running effectively.

Book in for air conditioning recharge today from your local Merityre branch. Alternatively, contact us for more information or advice on how to recharge air conditioning for your car today