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.
Mercedes-Benz is a German global car manufacturer and a division of Daimler AG. They were established over 100 years ago in 1926 and have grown to be the biggest selling premium vehicle brand in the world.
How popular is Mercedes in the United Kingdom?
The number of Mercedes cars on the road in the UK continues to rise, reaching 1.9million by the final quarter of 2018. There are almost 5 times as many Mercedes cars on the road as there were in 1995, showing just how popular this marque has grown to be.
Helping these powerful statistics on their way, the Mercedes A-Class was announced as the 8th best selling car in the UK in 2018. The premium family hatchback is vying for position against the ever-popular VW Golf—the current leader in this class.
Premium executive models of every shape and size
Mercedes deliver hatchbacks, saloons, estates and coupés at every size from their A- to E-Class ranges, as well as executive SUVs, the V-Class MPV, and of course, a more than desirable selection of convertibles and roadsters.
With prices rising to well over £100k, Mercedes cars are a great contender as the executive car of choice.
Mercedes-Benz: Giants of Formula One
Mercedes has always been a keen player within the F1 championship, taking their first 2 titles back in 1954 and 1955. Through the 1990s they joined forces with McLaren as an engine provider and part owner, bringing titles for both Mika Häkkinen and Lewis Hamilton and a constructors championship in 1988.
Their current and outright domination of the sport began in 2014, as a team in their own right, it has featured 5 straight constructors titles, with Lewis Hamilton taking 4 world championships and Nico Rosberg taking the other in 2016.
Mercedes’s reliability and reputation
Mercedes ranked 26th place out of 30 car brands in the What Car? Reliability Survey in 2018 with an efficiency rating of 88%. You could be forgiven for expecting German efficiency to rank higher through the marques, however, most of the top 10 places were occupied by Japanese and Asian manufacturers.
Recent Mercedes recalls and reliability issues
Various recalls have been made on Mercedes models throughout their motoring history. The following are a list of the most recent in the UK and Europe.
25/05/2019 – Mercedes-Benz AMG GT and Mercedes-Benz CLS (2017–2018)
The riveting of the front seat belt housing covers may inadequate under low temperatures
18/05/2019 – Mercedes-Benz x-Class (2017–2019)
Defective operating manual can cause the roof load to be exceeded if a canopy is subsequently fitted
18/05/2019 – Mercedes-Benz Sprinter (2018)
Missing cover on the sliding door of the stowage space
12/05/2019 – Mercedes-Benz E-Class (2018)
The rear door spoiler may not be secured enough due to an adhesive bond
04/05/2019 – Mercedes-Benz C-Class and Mercedes-Benz GLC F-Cell (2017–2018)
The sleep mode functionality of the electronic parking brake within the stability program software may be defective
19/04/2019 – Mercedes-Benz V-Class (2019)
The passenger airbag cover on the instrument panel ins inadequate
19/04/2019 – Mercedes-Benz X-Class (2017–2018)
The foot space lamp on the driver’s side can become detached
13/04/2019 – Mercedes-Benz V-Class Marco Polo (2017–2018)
There is a possibility of red rust corrosion on metallic components of the roof frame reinforcement
All recall information sourced from gov.co.uk data.