Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ's)

Car air conditioning systems really need regular servicing due to the natural porosity of the hoses and components of the air conditioning systems in modern vehicles. The refrigerant gas will leak slowly out of the A/C system at a rate of 15-20% per year, thereby making your system gradually less efficient until it finally stops working all together.

If you let your A/C system run out of refrigerant and then you don't use the system for several months the chances are that internal component seals will dry out and you will have leaks in your system when it is eventually re-gassed. This could be expensive!

Always ensure that your aircon system is in working order by running it on full cold at least once a week for a few minutes, even in the winter at the risk of frostbite! It takes at least one hour to carry out a correct service and re-gas of car aircon systems.

Please see some FAQ's asked by the users

A. At least two hour, anything less means that the job is not being done correctly.
A. It varies with make and model. The refrigerant is metered by weight and a small car may take half a kilo, a luxury car with climate control may take one and a half kilos.
A. Every 12 months to 18 months OR 25000 KM whichever is earlier. If you let the system run low on refrigerant the compressor has to work twice as hard and will therefore wear out in half the time.
A. All the time on hot or cold depending on the outside temperature. This will ensure that the rubber seals and gaskets in your system don't dry out and crack thereby causing leaks. Run your system for a few minutes every week at the very least. Contrary to popular belief it does not greatly reduce your KM.
A. It's micro organisms that collect on the evaporator behind the dashboard and the fan blows these nasties into your face causing allergic reactions, coughs, sneezes and sore throats. We can treat your aircon system and kill them off.
A. Don't use them for two reasons. 1. They are potentially dangerous and you could injure yourself. 2. Your aircon system will contain moisture and contaminants that you will re-circulate throughout all the aircon pipes and components. We remove all moisture and contaminants as part of our service schedule prior to re-gassing. This process alone takes 20-30 minutes.
A. Start the engine and lift the bonnet, turn the aircon onto maximum cold and maximum fan blower speed. The air from the vents should be almost freezing cold within a minute or so. Go to the front of the car and listen for the compressor clutch clicking in and out and an accompanying slight rise and fall in engine revs. The compressor is driven by a belt at the front of the engine and is about the same size as the alternator. If all this happens then the a/c is working OK.
A. All the pipes and connections on your aircon system are naturally slightly porous so you lose anything up to 20% of the gas every year due to natural leakage.
A. No, the modern refrigerant is called R134a, is not harmful to health and is not an explosive gas. It is also environmentally friendly unlike the old refrigerant gas R12 which was phased out from 1993.