Air Conditioning Problems

The most common problem is loss of refrigerant. This can happen over time by unavoidable loss past compressor shaft seals and service connections. It can also be the result of a leak. The most common leak is from the condenser, this is a heat exchanger in front of the normal engine radiator. The condenser is in a vulnerable position at the front of the car, it gets damage from stones, salt and other road debris and can fail at any time but most often after 4 or 5 years of service. Another common problem is clutch failure due to wear after 6 or 7 years of service.

Garage Services offer an Air Con Recharge service as well as an Air Con Purification service which keeps your vehicle both cool and fresh by neutralising bacteria and unpleasant smells.

Air Conditioning Recharge

  • Most manufacturers recommend that your air conditioning system is re-gassed every three to four years as the refrigerant used is slowly lost over time.
  • Did you know that an efficient air conditioning system can be used to demist your windscreen more quickly even in cold, wet weather by using warm, dry air?
  • A fully recharged air con system will also improve fuel economy by putting less strain on the engine.
  • If an air con recharge is unsuccessful on your vehicle (because the system has developed a leak or there is fault with the compressor or condenser,) then there will be no charge. Our staff will be happy to advise you as to the best course of action.

When carrying out an air con recharge our staff will perform the following tasks:

  • Check operation of air conditioning system – visual, temperature, leak checks
  • Recovery of refrigerant, evacuation of air and moisture from system
  • Inject fresh system lubricant
  • Recharge refrigerant to recommended levels
  • Add ultra-violet dye to aid with future leak detection
  • Provide A/C report and print out on request.

Air Conditioning Purification

In addition to your air con re-charge PTA Garages offer an Air con Purification service. This will keep your vehicle fresh smelling by circulating a cleaning agent through the air-con system, vents and intakes of your car. This neutralises bacteria and removes unpleasant smells.