Air Conditioning Maintenance
by Jonathan Clensy |
posted 11 February 2017
Air conditioning is now all but a standard feature on new vehicles. But, whilst most vehicles are now fitted with it, the system is not always included in the manufacturer's servicing schedule. Keeping it running in tip-top condition however, is important.
As we know, air conditioning, with its controlled, in-car ambient temperature, can help motorists stay cool, comfortable and alert at the wheel, throughout the year. It will reduce driver error caused by fatigue or frustration. Aiding efficient demisting of windows, it also gives drivers a clearer view of the road, potentially reducing the risk of accidents due to poor vision.
It's worth noting however, that your vehicle's air-conditioning system can harbour waterborne bacteria if not regularly maintained. When the air-conditioning comes on, these can not only create an unpleasant stale smell inside your car but can also be harmful to your health if inhaled.
Not regularly servicing the air-con system could mean that it fails in the heat of the summer. Repairs usually turn out to be a lot more expensive than a service, and as with most things, prevention is always better than the cure.
Unless air conditioning systems are serviced correctly - by specially trained and fully qualified technicians - with the pressurised refrigerants and lubricants inside safely filtered, cleansed, recycled and reinstated for optimum output, strain on the compressors driving them can increase the load on the engine. This in turn can cause premature wear and tear leading to reduced vehicle performance, increased fuel consumption and higher vehicle emissions.
To avoid reduced performance, bigger fuel bills and future, costly repairs, experts advise specialised servicing of air conditioning units. Depending on use - the more frequently air conditioning is turned on, the less frequent the servicing requirement. However, a professional "Air Con Health Check" is recommended every one to three years.
Many local garages and main dealers have trained technicians able to offer experience in the field of vehicle air-conditioning maintenance. Many can change poly-filters, disinfect the system using anti-bacterial treatments and re-gas your vehicle's air conditioning unit. In some instances, operators offer this service at low cost through their promotional activities to raise customer numbers.
So why not check out the deals currently available at your local garages, main dealers and specialist workshops to ensure that your vehicle's air conditioning system is working efficiently even now, and not wait until the arrival of the hot summer weather.