Car Air Conditioning
PTA Garage Services offer an Aircon Recharge service as well as an Air Con Purification service -which keeps your vehicle both cool and fresh by neutralising bacteria and preventing unpleasant smells. Learn more about our car air conditioning services today.
Car Air Conditioning Services at PTA Garages
Air Conditioning Recharge
Most manufacturers recommend having your air conditioning recharged or re-gassed every three to four years. This is because the refrigerant, or gas, used in the system is slowly lost over time at a rate of approximately 10% per year.
A significant drop in the pressure of this gas will result in a loss of cooling efficiency. This means that your engine must work harder, and you will use more fuel as a result. If the system is made to run very low on gas, then the compressor has to work twice as hard - and will wear out very quickly. That’s where an aircon recharge comes into play – and why it’s so important for the health of your vehicle.
It’s important to use your air conditioning system all year round to ensure that it reaches its full potential. During the hotter summer months, most drivers find that they use their air conditioning more. However, did you know that an efficient air conditioning system can also be used to demist your windscreen faster in cold, wet weather by using warm, dry air?
*Remember: Air con servicing is not included in your car’s usual full or interim service. So, if your car is a few years old, you should book in your air conditioning service into your nearest PTA Garage Services branch for an Aircon Recharge at your earliest convenience.
What does an air conditioning recharge involve?
When carrying out an Aircon Recharge, our staff will perform the following tasks:
- Check the operation of air conditioning system - visual, temperature, leak checks
- Recovery of refrigerant, evacuation of air and moisture from system
- Inject fresh system lubricant
- Recharge refrigerant to recommended levels
- Add ultra-violet dye to aid future leak detection
- Provide A/C report and print out on request
In the case that an Aircon Recharge is unsuccessful on your vehicle, because the system has developed a leak or there is fault with the compressor or condenser, then there will be no charge. Our staff will be happy to advise you as to the best course of action if this is the case.
*Disclaimer: Online Air-con bookings are only available for vehicles using R134A refrigerant and not hybrid vehicles. These are usually vehicles dated before 2014.
Air Conditioning Purification
In addition to your Aircon Recharge, PTA Garage Services offer an Air Con Purification service. If you notice a musty or unpleasant smell coming from your cars air conditioning system, this indicates it’s probably time to have your car air conditioning checked, cleaned and purified.
Air conditioning systems are prone to a build-up of bacteria. In modern cars, condensation gathers on the evaporator coils and this combined with the warm temperatures of the engine provides an ideal breeding ground for bacteria. Therefore, the unpleasant smells coming from your air conditioning system will be down to mould, fungi, and micro-organisms growing behind your cars dashboard.
Regular use of your car air conditioning system will help to avoid such a build up, but the PTA Air Con Purification service will keep your vehicle safe and fresh smelling by circulating a cleaning agent through the air con system, vents and intakes of your car. This specific air conditioning service neutralises bacteria and removes unpleasant smells.
For all your car air conditioning needs, contact your nearest branch to make an appointment or to find out more about our car air conditioning recharge and purification services today. For more information on our air conditioning services, get in touch with a member of our team today.