Station Garage In Liphook Air Conditioning
Is your vehicles air conditioning not cold enough? Are your windows not demisting as quickly as you would like them to? Do you seem to suffer with runny nose and headaches a lot? Does your vehicle suffer with strange noises when the air conditioning is on? Your vehicle air conditioning system loses up to 15% of it's refrigerant every year. A poorly performing vehicle air conditioning system can cause a build up of fungus, bacteria and other microbes growing inside the evaporator core, causing a smell, sometimes an allergic reaction and could possibly lead to legionnaires disease. You should have your vehicle air con system serviced every 18 months. It will say in your vehicle manufacturers service guide. When your car is serviced though, your air conditioning system is never serviced. It's an extra, chargeable item, but vital to have done for your own health. A typical main dealer car air conditioning service will cost you at least £120 plus V.A.T. A poor air conditioning system can increase your fuel costs as the pump in the air conditioning system needs to work harder.
Air conditioning systems consist of 7 main items:
* Expansion valve
* Air conditioning lines
1. What are the benefits of air conditioning?
* Efficient cool air in summer!
* Warm dehumidified air in winter easily demists steamed up windows!
* Filters pollutants / airborne particles inc pollen helping allergy sufferers!
* Pleasant and odour free vehicle atmosphere at all times.
2. What causes the smell in my air conditioning system?
The origin of the smell is caused by fungus, bacteria and other microbes growing inside the evaporator core. The moisture-laden environment is very conducive to the growth of these organisms. As vehicle manufacturers downsize components to save space and weight, this problem has been increased. Because the vehicle manufacturerse made the evaporator smaller, they added more fins and packed them closer together to increase the efficiency of the evaporator. Whilst this has made the evaporator more efficient, it has also made it more prone to trap moisture that contributes to the growth of these organisms. We offer a full odour removal service using the latest research, tools and equipment. Contact Station Garage for all your air conditioning in Liphook.
3. Does air conditioning use more petrol?
The answer to this is 'yes' it does, but not by much. But then think of the alternatives. You could have the windows open but that would increase wind resistance which can add up to 10% to your fuel consumption, especially at speed. And don't forget the extra noise and pollution through that open window. Also, it's worth pointing out that you should run your air conditioning at least once a week, especially in winter as the seals can seize up through non use potentially costing you more in the future in new parts and repair!!!
4. Why does my vehicle need an air conditioning recharge?
You're air conditioning system can lose up to 15% of it's coolant every year, so a 3 year old car may have lost almost half it's coolant seriously impacting on the performance of the system and damaging the components involved. You should regularly have the air conditioning systems serviced to reduce wear and tear on the components and help avoid potentially big repair bills. We offer recharging and servicing.
5. Why should I get my air conditioning serviced?
As previously mentioned, through non use seals can seize. Your vehicle manufacturer when they service your car only test to see if the air conditioning works, not that all the components are working properly and in full working condition. Regular air conditioning system servicing ensures the system is full of coolant, that there are no leaks, that the pressure is correct and that the hoses, seals and pipes are all in full working order.
6. What's the best way to run my air conditioning?
Turn the air conditioning on, ensuring that it's not set to 'economy' mode. When you first get into a hot vehicle, open the windows, ensure that the air vents are set to face level and the system is set up to blow air through the face vents, not blowing down at your feet. Remember cold air falls. Turn the temperature to as low as it will go, and the blower as high as possible. Also make sure that the air is on 'recirculate' mode and not taking air from outside. Better to recirculate the already cooled air!! When the temperature is more comfortable, close the windows and increase the temperature to a more suitable level as well as decreasing the blower speed. You should also point the air vents upwards to ensuring the cold air flows down again.