Leeds is a city in West Yorkshire with an estimated population of 785,000.
Leeds has become the largest legal and financial centre outside London. Its financial and insurance industries are worth £13billion to the city’s economy alone. It is also the UK’s 3rd largest manufacturing centre employing around 39k employees and adding over £7billion to the economy.
Home to Leeds Rhinos rugby league team, Yorkshire Carnegie rugby union team, Headingly and Yorkshire County Cricket Club, perhaps the most famous of Leeds’ sporting champions is Leeds United FC. Formed in 1919, and situated at the Elland Road Stadium, they have won The FA Cup, The League Cup and were runners-up in the European Cup and the European Cup Winners Cup to boot.
The most popular cars in Leeds
With Leeds location sitting in the heart of the West Riding, the VW Golf is an ideal family car and city commute vehicle; it is estimated to be the most popular car in Leeds, according to data provided between 2012 to 2018 by ownership and postcode.
Close on its heels—and in order of popularity—are the Mercedes A-Class, Ford Fiesta, VW Tiguan and the Nissan Qashqai.
Vehicle numbers in Leeds
There are approximately 314,000 licensed vehicles in the Leeds area, with some of the most popular models including the Ford Focus, the Mini and the VW Polo.
Fixter garages in Leeds
There are a total of 19 Fixter garages in the Leeds area, all ready and waiting to provide you with a fantastic quote for your car service, MOT and a wide range of vehicle repairs.
Fixter garages service the following postcodes and more, in and around the Leeds area:
- LS1: City Centre, Leeds
- LS2: Woodhouse, Leeds
- LS3 & LS4: Burley & Kirkstall, Leeds
- LS5: Hawksworth, Leeds
- LS6: Headingly, Hyde Park, Beckett Park & Meanwood, Leeds
- LS7: Chapel Allerton, Beck Hill Lovell Park & Potternewton, Leeds
What does an air conditioning regas do?
It’s no longer considered a luxury, so most modern cars come with air con. However, like anything else, it needs regular maintenance. 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, along with the lubricant and in line with the manufacturer’s instructions, so that the air runs cold again. (By the way, vehicles made from 2017 onwards are legally obliged to use a new type of refrigerant.)
While DIY kits are available, they save you almost nothing compared with getting a specialist to do the job. What’s more, if something goes wrong, you could be left with a pricey bill, or there could be safety issues. (Refrigerant can cause painful freeze burns if it gets on your skin or in your eyes.) Equally, if there are any other problems with the air con system, a professional will be able to put them right.
How often should I need to regas my air conditioner?
Most manufacturers suggest getting the air con serviced every couple of years, although many drivers wait until there’s no cold air coming through before taking action. But it’s really not worth putting it off—as well as creating an uncomfortable travelling environment, poorly working air conditioning makes it harder to demist windows in winter, and may mean the engine has to work harder, so fuel consumption rises. Additionally, pipes in the system could crack, or parts seize up.
The law, vehicle regulations and your MOT
A faulty air conditioner won’t affect your car’s MOT, but it can affect the comfort of you and your passengers. It’s worth keeping your air conditioning running at its optimum performance as the impact it can have on your vehicle’s fuel efficiency could significantly affect the day-to-day cost of your motoring.
Symptoms you might need an AC regas
Your air con isn’t as cold as normal
If your AC has stopped working correctly and you notice that the air conditioning in your car isn’t providing the usual levels of cold air as normal, it’s probably time for a regas.
Looking after your air conditioning
It’s true that most general car services don’t cover air conditioning, but any garage should be able to do a straightforward air con service and regas for you at an affordable price. They will probably want to do a pre-service inspection first, and any repairs needed as a result are usually billed for separately.
The inspection should include looking out for any cracks or leaks that could hinder the system’s efficient working.
Try and use the system all year round to keep it running smoothly, and consider an anti-bacterial clean if musty smells are emerging from the vents—your garage or workshop should also offer this. Additionally, change the cabin filter regularly.