Why Should you Service Your Car Air-Conditioning?

Your air-con system loses up to 15% of it's refrigerant every year.

Not cold enough? - Windows not demisting on those cold mornings? - Strange noises when a/c is on?
A poorly performing car air conditioning system can cause a build up of fungus, bacteria and other microbes growing inside the evaporator core, causing a smell and sometimes drowsiness. The anti-bacterial treatment will clear the evaporator, cool the cabin with greater efficiency as well as making it smell better - trust me!
By having less refrigerant, the compressor has to work harder causing extra stress and strain on the whole system.
I would recommend you service your vehicle's air-con after 3-4 years from new to prevent major damage to your a/c system. I have previously recommended servicing after 6 years from new, but I've seen a lot of cars over 4 years old whose a/c is failing to operate efficiently due to seals deteriorating. This is caused, in the main, through vibrations on the system allowing gas to pass the seals. More modern cars use a smaller quantity of gas than older cars. Condensors on modern cars just don't seem made to last. It is located in front of the radiator and takes a direct hit from debris and winter road salt causing deterioration of the coils/ fins. All it takes is a small stone to shoot up onto the condensor to expensively damage it. (Keep your distance on all these newly surfaced roads in Mid Devon!) Therefore, even a small loss of gas makes a big difference to the efficiency of your a/c system. Regular servicing will keep a higher re-sale potential for your vehicle and prevent expensive a/c repair bills.

Have your car air-con system serviced every 2 years when the vehicle is over 3-4 years old. It will say this in your car manufacturers' service guide, yet when your car is serviced, your a/c system is never checked. It's often an extra, chargeable item, but vital to have done.

Remember, your air-con is for ALL seasons... not just for summer!