+ How much is a service or re-gas?
The cost of a service or re-gas depends on what else may need to be done. The best thing to do is book an inspection.
+ How much will it cost to repair my air- conditioning?
The repair cost depends on the age, make and model of your car and what parts will need replacing. The best thing to do is to book an appointment so we can give you a free inspection and quote.
+ Should I just replace the whole system?
Not necessarily. While all parts in your system work together, they all have their own specific job. Some parts wear out faster than others. We only replace parts that need replacing. This helps keep your costs down.
+ Do you offer a same day service?
Being mobile, in most instances we try to provide a same day service. If we need to order parts, that can sometimes take a little longer. But we’ll always let you know.
+ What is the ‘Phase-down of HFCs’?
To help address climate change, the New Zealand Government is phasing down the use of the powerful greenhouse gases called hydrofluorocarbons (HFCs) used in the air-conditioning and refrigeration industries. Read more here.
+ Why do I need to service my air conditioner system?
If the cabin filters and evaporator become clogged with dirt and bacteria it will affect the performance of the system and may cause it to stop working completely. Dirty cabin filters are also a health risk for you and your passengers.
Your automotive air-conditioning system needs to be examined once a year for any signs of problems with the seals, hoses and connections and to check the reduction of the refrigerant. The drier inside the AC system captures moisture and debris, and needs regular changing just like the other filters on your car. The compressor needs the right amount of oil in the refrigerant to prevent it from seizing. Regularly servicing your air-conditioning system keeps refrigerant at optimum levels, which means your air-conditioning unit doesn’t need to work as hard. This protects the system from damage and minimises your fuel use.
+ Why does the car air-conditioner need to be re-gassed?
Car air conditioning is designed to draw the heat from the air within the car’s cabin and pull it through an evaporator. The refrigerant gas expansion inside the evaporator creates a freezing cold passage which cools the air passing through it, leaving only cooled or 'conditioned' air to be redistributed. This is achieved using refrigerant, capable of readily absorbing heat as a gas and quickly losing heat as a liquid.
While vehicle AC units function in a similar way to household refrigerators, there are crucial differences. Because the unit is mounted on your car, it is subject to movement and vibration and is also operating outdoors.
Being exposed to the elements, operating in extreme conditions and being used intermittently rather than being 'always on' can cause hoses, connections and seals to deteriorate. We recommend your car’s air-conditioning system is examined once a year and serviced every two years to ensure there are no problems or refrigerant loss.
Under normal running conditions , cabin filters will get dirty – that’s their job: to remove dirt and dust. If the system is run infrequently, seals may dry, crack and leak allowing your car to lose around 15% of its refrigerant each year. Even without leaks, the refrigerant will eventually degrade or evaporate and should be recharged regularly to keep your air-conditioning unit in optimal running condition.