It’s getting hot in here – time to use the AC, you say?
Your car’s air conditioning system loses up to 15% of its refrigerant every year, potentially leading to a build up of fungi, bacteria and other microbes in the evaporator core. This build up not only causes an unpleasant smell, but can cause allergic reactions and even lead to Legionnaire’s Disease.
By having your air conditioning serviced, you’ll not only protect yourself from germs and hay fever allergies, but save yourself hundreds of pounds in repair money.
Croydon air conditioning servicing you can rely on
Your car manufacturer’s service guide states that you should have your air conditioning serviced at least every 18 months, but many standard car services don’t cover your AC. A poor air conditioning system increases your fuel costs as your air conditioning pump needs to work harder in order to control the temperature in your car.
Croydon air conditioning FAQs
Not only do you benefit from refreshing cool air in the summer, your air conditioning is responsible for the warm, dehumidified air that easily demists your steamed up windows in winter. Your air conditioning system filters a variety of pollutants and airborne particles (such as pollen), helping to protect you from allergies and ensures you can enjoy a pleasant, odour-free vehicle at all times.
The unpleasant smell coming from your air conditioning system is caused by fungi, bacteria and other microbes growing inside the evaporator core. This moisture-laden environment offers the perfect growing conditions for these organisms, and as car manufacturers downsize their components, this problem is only getting worse. Smaller evaporator cores mean more fins are used and packed more closely together to maximise the efficiency of your evaporator.
Our Croydon AC servicing can include a full odour removal service, using the latest research, tools and equipment to have your car smelling fresh and welcoming once more.
The answer to this question is yes, but not by much and it’s far more efficient than the alternatives. Keeping your windows open increases wind resistance, adding as much as 10% to your fuel consumption, especially at speed. That’s without considering the extra noise and pollution though that open window!
Also, it’s worth pointing out that you should run your air conditioning once a week in the winter as the seals can seize up through non-use, potentially costing you more in future new parts and repair!
As your air conditioning system loses up to 15% of its coolant every year, a 3 year old car may have lost half its coolant, severely impacting on its air conditioning performance and damaging the components. Regularly having your air conditioning serviced reduces the wear and tear, helping you to avoid big repair bills.
iAuto offers recharging and servicing as part of our Croydon air conditioning servicing.
As well as avoiding your seals from seizing up, your car manufacturer will only test to see if your air conditioning works, not that all your components are working properly and in full working condition. Regular air conditioning system servicing ensures your air conditioning is full of coolant, there are no leaks, the pressure is correct and that the hoses, seals and pipes are all in full working order.
Turn your air conditioning on, ensuring it’s not set to ‘economy’ mode. If you’re getting into a hot car, open your windows and ensure the air vents are set to face level, rather than your feet. Remember that cold air falls before turning the temperature as low as it’ll go and the blower as high as possible.
It’s far easier to cool air that’s already cool, so make sure the air is on ‘reirc’ mode. Once the temperature is more comfortable, close the windows and increase the temperature and blower to a more suitable level. Point your air vents up so that the cool air flows down again.