Should you switch a car’s air-conditioning off in winter?
Air-conditioning expert Stephen Palmer our Group Aftersales Manager, has been servicing cars’ air-conditioning systems for many years. In his view, switching off a car’s air-conditioning system for weeks on end when the weather is cold, and perhaps only running it occasionally, is a mistake.
Why should drivers use air-con in winter weather?
Air-conditioning is the best way to dehumidify or dry damp air. With it running, the inside of a car’s windows won’t mist up; switch it off and it could seem as though you’re driving in dense fog. Equally, using the air-conditioning is a great way of de-misting the car if it steams up when you first get in it on a cold day.
How much is an Air Conditioning Service at John Banks Group ?
*Our air conditioning re-gas service is for vehicles using R134A refrigerant only. This is £65.00 including VAT RRP we have special offer of ony £59 currently running.
We also provide a re-gas service for vehicles using R1234YF refrigerant. This is subject to quotation but is normally £115.00
Please check your vehicle handbook to identify which air conditioning refrigerant your vehicle requires.
How often should Air Conditioning be serviced?
We recommend having your air conditioning system serviced with gas and lubricant every two years to keep it running efficiently
Can I get it checked before I pay for a Service?
At John Banks our expert qualified technicians conduct free air conditioning temperature checks in our Vehicle Health Checks to ensure that your system is working efficiently. If all is well - there is nothing to pay. If your system needs an antibacterial clean (to prevent the cause of germs in your car) or a recharge, we can carry out the work while you wait.
Is Air Conditioning covered in my regular Service Schedule?
Air conditioning checks are not part of your cars annual service so it's up to you to have it checked, with any car over two years old able to benefit from a re-gas. If you would like to see what other vehicle services we offer then please see our Car Servicing page.
What is an Air Conditioning Anti-bacterial Clean?
Air conditioning units are prone to accumulating bacteria and dirt, which can impact its effectiveness, especially after long periods without use. An air conditioning anti-bacterial clean restores your car's air conditioning filters, bringing back the crisp, cool air that should be coming out from your vents.
At John Banks Group we offer air conditioning recharge, anti-bacterial clean and an air-con bundle package for cars, vans and 4x4s at competitive prices.
Signs of Problems with Car Air Conditioning:
For a fresh car throughout the year you need to ensure that the air conditioning system is full, working order. If you think your air conditioning could be in need of a service, there are some common tell-tale signs that you need to look out for.
The most common complaint with air conditioning comes when the vents stop blowing cold air. More often than not, this is the first sign your car is due an air conditioning re-gas. Our experts are able to check the air conditioning lubricant and refrigerant levels in line with the manufacturer's recommendations to make it as good as new.
Look out for a musty smell coming from your car's air conditioning; this is especially common if your air-con hasn't been used for long periods and usually means that your air filter is in need of an anti-bacterial clean to remove any bacteria build up on your filters.
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