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What does an air conditioning regas do?

If you’re not getting cold air into your vehicle, regassing is the most likely solution. A regas is the removal of old refrigerant gas from the system and replacing and recharging it.

Symptoms you might need an air conditioning regas

If you notice that the air conditioning in your car isn’t providing the usual levels of cold air, it’s probably time for a regas. Try and use the system all year round to keep it running smoothly.

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How much does it cost to change my air conditioning regas?

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What happens when we regas your air conditioning?

Our fully qualified and efficient mechanics will remove all old refrigerant from your air conditioning system and replace it with the precise quantity of fresh refrigerant.


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What does an air conditioning regas do?

If you’re not getting cold air into your vehicle, regassing is the most likely solution. A regas is the removal of old refrigerant gas from the system and replacing and recharging it.

Symptoms you might need an air conditioning regas

If you notice that the air conditioning in your car isn’t providing the usual levels of cold air, it’s probably time for a regas. Try and use the system all year round to keep it running smoothly.

View more symptomsView more symptoms

How much does it cost to change my air conditioning regas?

Save up to 30% on your air conditioning regas. See our table below to browse our honest, upfront prices.

What happens when we regas your air conditioning?

Our fully qualified and efficient mechanics will remove all old refrigerant from your air conditioning system and replace it with the precise quantity of fresh refrigerant.


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Hey Fixter, how often should I need to regas my air conditioner?

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How much does air conditioning regas cost?

How much does air conditioning regas cost?

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A typical air conditioning regas in the UK costs around £75.05 - £81.31. Depending on your car brand, model and engine, and whether you live in a big city or a small one, the price of a air conditioning regas on your vehicle can be higher or lower. We have computed prices for some of the best-selling cars in the UK in order to give you an idea of how much the air conditioning regas should cost.

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Kia Carens

2 litres

£101.64 £81.3120%

Seat Ronda

1.6 litres

£91.60 £78.9614%

Honda Civic

1.8 litres

£89.49 £75.8415%

Smart Fortwo-coupe

1 litres

£94.76 £78.9617%

Lexus Rc

1.6 litres

£92.61 £80.5313%

Suzuki Alto

1 litres

£94.76 £78.9617%

Kia Shuma-ii

1.6 litres

£91.33 £77.4015%

Kia Joice

1.6 litres

£90.07 £75.0517%

Audi A6-quattro

1.6 litres

£97.12 £78.9619%

Seat Leon

1.8 litres

£92.32 £75.0519%

Honda Civic

1.8 litres

£89.49 £75.8415%

Seat Ronda

1.6 litres

£91.60 £78.9614%

Kia Shuma-ii

1.6 litres

£91.33 £77.4015%

Kia Carens

2 litres

£101.64 £81.3120%

Suzuki Alto

1 litres

£94.76 £78.9617%
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What does an air conditioning regas do?

A regas is the removal of old refrigerant gas from the system and replacing and recharging it, along with the lubricant and in line with the manufacturer's instructions, so that the air runs cold again.

How much does it cost to regas aircon?

A regas in the UK will usually cost between £50 and £70. The prices are dependent on the make and model of your car, its size and where you choose to have the regas carried out.

How long should aircon regas last?

The gas in your air conditioning unit can last up to as long as 5 years, but most will manage somewhere nearer only 2.

We'd recommend having your aircon serviced every few years, but many drivers choose to wait until there's no cold air blowing from their vents. Although this is quite a standard practice among drivers, it's not always the best idea if you want to protect your compressor and maintain its optimum operation.

How do I know if my car aircon needs regassing?

Typically, you'll notice that the air blowing from your vents isn't as cold as it usually is.

How often should I regas my car aircon?

Manufacturers recommend regassing every 1–2 years. It's a good idea to service the aircon system at the same time to protect the components relied on to keep its operation in prime condition.

Do you use more fuel with aircon on?

Using your aircon can increase fuel consumption by up to 8–10%. However, driving with the windows open can cause extra drag, especially at higher speeds, which will also increase fuel consumption.

Does car aircon gas run out?

Yes. The refrigerant gas used to keep your car interior cool will be used up over time. When getting your gas topped up, you should also check the aircon's lubricant level for optimum performance.

What happens if there is no gas in car aircon?

Without the gas your aircon requires, it won't be able to provide the necessary cold air to keep you and your passengers cool on a hot journey. Also, if there isn't enough gas in your system, the compressor could become excessively hot and even damaged.

How long should it take for car aircon to get cold?

The compressor will only take a few seconds to start, yet it will take a little time to cool the evaporator so it can begin cooling the air as it passes through the system. It should only take a couple of minutes to start providing a nice cold stream of air into your vehicle's cabin.

Why is my car aircon not cold?

It could be down to a few things. The most obvious is that you've run out of refrigerant and your aircon needs refuelling. Alternatively, it could be a restriction in the fans or condenser, or the compressor has stopped working.

The other common issue with a car's aircon is a leak in the system. You could troubleshoot your AC if you're a competent DIY mechanic, but we'd advise getting a professional service and refill.

Why is my car aircon blowing hot?

Hot air from your car's aircon could be due to several factors. The most likely is low refrigerant levels. Other possible causes could be to do with problems with the condenser or the compressor, or because of leaks appearing in the system. You may even have broken cooling fans or an electrical issue. If your aircon is blowing hot air—perhaps its time for a service.

How can I make my car aircon colder?

If your car's aircon isn't blowing as cold as it usually does, you may need to regas your system. If it is operating as it usually would, try turning off the side vents and directing all the cold air through the central vents, creating a more direct and intense stream. Make sure the direction of the AC vents is pointing directly at you if you want to feel the optimum benefit.

Is it bad to turn the car off with aircon on?

It shouldn't have any effect on a modern car. Because your aircon relies on the engine being in operation to function, it won't make any difference whether you shut down your aircon before turning off the engine.

However, if you turn the aircon on before starting your car, it will create some additional load for the starter motor and the battery.

Why does my car run slowly when aircon is on?

The compressor in your aircon unit requires around 5–10 horsepower (manufactured by your engine) to pump the refrigerant fluid around the system. If you notice a drop in power, or acceleration, when using the aircon, it could well be due to this slight drop in power supplied to the drivetrain.

Does turning off aircon give you more power?

Your aircon unit requires power, created by your engine, to drive the compressor. If you turn off your aircon, then this power can be diverted back into your engine, and in theory, add that additional power to your drivetrain.

Having said that, it's only likely to be noticed in cars with smaller engines, as there is less power available to those than with cars of bigger engines. Turning off the aircon in a car with a decent sized engine probably won't even register a difference.

Can I regas my car aircon myself?

Recharging the refrigerant of your aircon shouldn't be too complicated a job for a competent DIY mechanic. Recharge kits are readily available from auto-centres but aren't always an awful lot cheaper than having the work carried out by a professional.

There is a potential to create additional issues if the process is carried out incorrectly, so should be managed with extreme care, and only by a confident operative.

How do I fill my car air conditioner with gas?

Before deciding that your aircon is empty and only needs refuelling, you should first determine that it's working as normal. If everything is correct, you need to attach the hose from the recharge kit over the recharge port of your air conditioner. Start the engine with your aircon on its highest setting and deliver the gas until the pressure is as near to 40 psi as possible. When taking the air temperature released from your vents, it should now read around 28°.

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