Breathe new life into your car – fix warm aircon
Whether you’re driving a luxury car or a compact Ford, Vauxhall, or Seat, an air con regas or recharge can do wonders. This refresh is especially useful as temperatures continue to soar. Since aircon is not considered a necessity, the health of your car’s air conditioning system is not evaluated during a MOT test. You might need a recharge if you’re feeling warm air from your aircon while driving. Not only does a properly functioning air conditioning system make for a more pleasant drive, it can also increase fuel efficiency. By keeping the windows closed to circulate ice-cold air, your car is potentially more aerodynamic.
Is it time for your aircon to be recharged? Click the button below to get a quote for Fixter’s pick-up / drop-off aircon regas service – starting at £40.
Fixter vs. car manufacturer rates – save up to 50%
Our pick-up / drop-off approach means there’s no dealing with the garage. The service is much more convenient than a standard “while you wait” air con recharge (regas). With prices starting at £40, our service is well below many auto manufacturer rates and you could save almost 50%. It’s a cheap alternative to aircon regas services offered by common car brands listed below.
Aircon regas – experience fresh, clean, cold air
In addition to recharging your car’s air conditioning with ice-cold coolant, you’ll breathe in cleaner air after an aircon regas. Many drivers are unaware of large amounts of bacteria building up over time in their car’s air filtration system. During the recharge service, your entire system is inspected and scrubbed. With higher allergens in the summer, leaving a filter uncleaned could impact your health. Depending on the extent of cleaning necessary, your aircon system may require additional service. All costs will be communicated with you ahead of your recharge. An aircon regas might be all your car needs to smell and feel new.
Improve fuel efficiency
Numerous studies continually debunk the myth that driving with the windows open saves petrol. While it’s true air conditioning systems consume energy, open windows often create an anti-aerodynamic wind tunnel for your car. “Anything that makes wind noise as your car goes along is actually making your car more expensive to run (The Telegraph).” As reported in The Sun, the Society of Automotive Engineers (SAE) conducted a test at General Motors to show how wind tunnels decrease fuel efficiency. Also, a drop in aircon gas pressure will result in a loss of cooling efficiency as well as making your engine work harder (which, in turn, means more fuel). The regas service corrects this.
When to regas
There’s no hard answer on when your car is due for an aircon regas. It all depends on the use and wear of the auto. We recommended that you recharge your air conditioning system with gas and lubricate the system every 2 years to keep it running healthily. Regular checks will ensure that your air conditioning is working at optimum performance and makes sitting in your car on a hot day a lot more bearable.
Luckily, the UK generally benefits from mild weather year long. However, summer weather is oppressive without a well-functioning aircon system. The level of solar intensity varies by where you live. Cities like London, Birmingham, Leeds, Liverpool, and Manchester tend to retain heat more. It’s especially worth exploring an aircon regas if you’re driving a used auto and never looked into it. During the service, the garage might point out other issues which could save you money in the long run. Since the health of your car’s air con is not evaluated during MOT tests, there could be problems you’re overlooking.
When receiving an aircon regas service with Fixter, your car is in good hands. Our garage network comprises over 35 years of experience and services hundreds of cars per month. We work with top networks, including Bosch Car Care, Autofirst, Auto Care, Unipart Car Care, RAC, AA, and Trust My Garage. Our garages receive training from Group Auto, Bosch, and Autofirst, among others to maintain compliance and stay up to date on industry and technological changes. All our garages meet the UK’s MOT standards, and thoroughly tests each car. Additionally, you can count on Fixter to perform regular maintenance check-ups with our full, major, and interim services. Each offering is tailor-made based on the needs of your particular car.