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.
Vauxhall Motors Ltd. is a British car brand owned by German manufacturer Opel. Initially founded in 1857, but didn’t begin to build cars until 1903, the brand is officially over 160 years old.
How popular is Vauxhall in the United Kingdom?
Their popularity can be easily quantified by the 3.9million Vauxhall cars on the road in the UK today.
Vauxhall: A car for every need
By their own admission, Vauxhall has a car for the school run, a trip to the shops, a cross-country holiday, being the face of your business or delivering a van-load of goods. With such a wide range of vehicles, they’ve got every avenue covered.
A forward-thinking company with traditional values
Throughout their extensive history in the automotive industry, Vauxhall has featured predominantly in all areas. It produced the first sports car, also the first car to achieve over 100mph, it has launched award-winning models and consistently introduced pioneering technology.
Their core brand values claim to be:
- Ingenious—offering brilliant mobility
- Progressive—as forward-thinking and innovative
- Approachable—being authentic and simple
The UK’s 3rd best selling car of 2018: The Vauxhall Corsa
Competing with Ford Fiesta and VW Golf for the top-selling car in the UK, the Vauxhall Corsa has become a household favourite—and why not? Their supermini hatchback is stylish, nippy and economical to run. Neatly finished inside and out with a host of modern technology and features, you’re getting plenty of car for your money and all backed with Vauxhall’s reputation for building cars that go the distance.
Vauxhall’s reliability and reputation
Vauxhall ranked joint 11th place with Mazda out of the 30 car brands in the What Car? Reliability Survey in 2018. Their reliability efficiency score of 94.6% wasn’t too big a jump from top of the tree marque Suzuki, who scored only 3% more at 97.7%.
Recent Vauxhall recalls and reliability issues
Various recalls have been made on Vauxhall models throughout their motoring history. The following are a list of the most recent in the UK and Europe.
30/12/2016 – Vauxhall Meriva (2009–2011)
It is possible that the steel cable for attaching the seatbelt tensioner on the outer side of the seat may suffer fatigue
11/11/2016 – Vauxhall Adam (2014–2015)
Cracks in the steering box’s rack and pinion may lead to breakage and to steering failure
26/03/2016 – Vauxhall Zafira (2005–2014)
The resistor of the heater fan motor may not perform as intended
13/05/2016 – Vauxhall Vivaro (2013–2014)
An incorrectly installed passenger airbag module may increase the risk of injury in the event of an accident
13/05/2016 – Vauxhall Movano (2015)
An oil hose may be incorrectly crimped
06/05/2016 – Vauxhall Mokka (2015–2016)
Water ingress in the electronic brake control module control unit may cause a short-circuit
13/11/2015 – Vauxhall Mokka (2015)
A faulty steering column torque sensor can lead to a loss of steering assistance
All recall information sourced from gov.co.uk data.