During the hot summer or cold winter months you'll want your air conditioning to work at its best. At Bolton Tyre Service Centre we can service, de-bug and recharge the air conditioning systems of all makes and models of vehicles.
Air Conditioning De-Bug
Harmful bacteria can build up in the air conditioning system over time and this can lead to unpleasant odours, allergic reactions and irritations. Our trained technicians will carry out a treatment that will cleanse the air conditioning system improving the air quality, eliminating odours and providing a healthier environment in your vehicle.
Air Conditioning Re-Gas
Your vehicle air conditioning system is not just for keeping the air cool. It's also used to dehumidify the hot air in winter, demisting the windows and keeping your windscreen clear. If the air conditioning system isn't working properly moist air won't be able to demist the windscreen, affecting visibility.
Around 10% of air-conditioning gas will be lost from the air-con system every year, that's why most car manufacturers recommend that the air-con system is recharged with new gas every 2 years. Our trained technicians will remove all the old refrigerant gas and oil and thoroughly clean the system before injecting new oil and refrigerant gas. We'll then take a temperature reading to ensure that the re-gas has worked.
Most manufacturers say 3 years from registration or 30,000 miles, and then every two years after that. It does vary though by make, model and vehicle age so check with us to find out if your vehicle is ready for an air conditioning service.
Some of the common warning signs that there might be a problem with your Air Conditioning system include:
- Unusual smells come out of the air vents
- The windows fog up when system is turned on
- Air conditioning system doesn't cool the vehicle to the required temperature
- The fan / blower doesn't work
- Failure of the dashboard controls
- The air conditioning system or engine makes a loud noise when the system is turned on
- The car stalls when air conditioning is switched on
- There is water on the floor of the vehicle
If you think your vehicle air conditioning system has developed a fault, or perhaps you think it need a re-gas get in touch or visit Bolton Tyre Service Centre.
The air conditioning system is basically a refrigerator designed to move heat from the inside of your car to the outside. The key parts of the system are briefly described below.
- Compressor | Compresses and circulates the refrigerant in the system
- Refrigerant | The refrigerant carries the heat in the system.
- Condenser | The condenser changes the the refrigerant from gas to liquid and removes the heat from the car.
- Evaporator | The evaporator moves heat to the refrigerant from the air blown across it, cooling the vehicle.
- All gases and moisture are removed through a deep vacuum of the system
- We vacuum check the entire system for leaks
- Lubricating PAG oil (special air conditioning oil) is added
- Dye is added to look for leaks (if authorised)
- The gas is measured and recharged into the system
- Running pressures are checked
- Cabin vent temperature is checked
- The system is also checked with an electronic sniffer
If in doubt, give our customer service line a call and one of our friendly team members will be able to advise you.
HFO - 1234YF - The New Air Conditioning Standard
As of 2017, a new type of air conditioning gas is required by law for all new vehicles. Developed in conjunction with all major car manufacturers, HFO - 1234YF is the new, lower emission air conditioning standard for all vehicles produced for EU countries from 2013. At Bolton Tyre Service Centre we now have a next generation 1234YF unit that meets the highest standards in performance, safety and efficiency.
Visit Bolton Tyre Service Centre and ensure that your cars HFO-1234yf based air conditioning system is serviced and re-gassed in the most efficient and reliable way possible, giving you peace of mind.
The gas, called HFO-1234yf, replaces previous refrigerants, as it produces 98% fewer climate-damaging pollutants than its predecessor, R134a.
Some manufacturers made the switch a few years ago, and already require the latest gas when serviced.