Car Air Conditioning
Book your air con recharge online today!
At PTA Garages, we offer an Air con Recharge service as well as an Air Con Purification service to keep your vehicle both cool and fresh by neutralising bacteria and preventing unpleasant smells. Book your car air conditioning service online today.
Car Air Conditioning Services at PTA Garages
Air Conditioning Recharge
At PTA Garages, we offer an air con recharge service. You may notice you need an air con regas if your air conditioning is not as cool as it used to be or is not working at all. Most car manufacturers recommend a regas every 4 years.
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 Air con Recharge at your earliest convenience.
Air Conditioning Purification
In addition to your Air con 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 that it’s probably time to have your car air conditioning checked, cleaned and purified.
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.
What does an air conditioning recharge involve?
When carrying out an Air con 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 Air con 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.
How much does it cost to regas car air conditioning?
At PTA Garages, we offer our air con recharge services from £59 online and air con purification from £15 online.
Is air conditioning purification necessary?
For a fresh smelling car, purification is vital! 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.
Should you use your car air con in winter?
It’s important to use your air conditioning system all year round to ensure that it operates at optimum efficiency. An efficient air conditioning system can also be used to demist your windscreen faster in cold, wet weather by using warm, dry air. Additionally, regular air con use should stop bacteria build up and keep your car smelling fresh for longer.
What type of air con gas does my car use?
There are two refrigerants used in car air conditioning systems; R1234yf and R134a. You can check which coolant your car uses by checking under the bonnet. There should be a stick which highlights which gas your car uses.
It is worth noting that if your car was made after 1st January 2017, it will be using R1234yf as a standard – however, some vehicles made the move before 2017 so if your car is any older, it is worth checking.
Can you recharge air con yourself?
Although you can buy recharge kits, we would caution against using them. The kits are not that much cheaper and the cost that you could incur if something goes wrong is significantly more than a typical air con regas.
How do you know when your air con needs regassing?
You will know when your air con needs re-gassing when the air blowing out is no longer as cool or turning on the AC makes no difference.
How often should you have your air con recharged?
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 air con 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, the compressor then has to work twice as hard - and will wear out very quickly. That’s where an air con recharge comes into play – and why it’s so important for the health of your vehicle.
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.