Most car manufacturers recommending recharging your car’s air conditioning every two years at a minimum. However, if your car begins to blow warm air or only works intermittently, you may need to recharge it sooner rather than later.
What Air Con Gas Is In My Car
The majority of vehicle air conditioning systems prior to 2014 will use a R134A gas. However, due to stricter guidelines, all vehicles manufactured after the 1st of January 2017 use the more environmentally friendly R1234YF gas.
Regardless to which gas your car uses, most of the garages are equipped ready to recharge both types of gases.
What is a Fair Air Con Recharge Price
Depending upon the refrigerant used will determine the air con recharge price. For an air conditioning system that uses R134A, the cost of a recharge is often between £40 to £50.
If your car uses R1234YF gas, you can expect to pay between £120 to £140. The prices may fluctuate depending upon your location and garage you use.
Air Con Recharge Didn’t Work
If you have just had the air con recharged and it didn’t work or it only stayed cold for a few days, there are a number of potential causes that include:
- Needs resetting with a car diagnostic tool
- There is a leak and the refrigerant has escaped
- Blocked or broken condenser
- Faulty air con compressor
- Damaged cooling fans
- Electrical fault or internal obstruction
The majority of reputable garages offer a recharge or no charge guarantee and they are often worth paying the extra for. If you notice that there are some odd smells, this isn’t usually a fault but an indication that the system needs to be cleaned. We would recommend using a high quality air con cleaner, which takes minutes to get to work and removes any foul smells blowing into the cabin.
DIY Recharge Kits
If you are looking to reduce the cost of an air con recharge, you may have looked at the various DIY kits available. Although cheaper, the amount of effort required for a small saving simply isn’t worthwhile.
Another drawback of using a DIY kit is that it doesn’t remove all old gases, oils and moisture. Also, if you don’t know what you are doing, there is also potential to cause damage to the system.
Fully functioning air conditioning is an essential for many during the summer. It can also be beneficial in the winter to demist your windscreen with dry warm air rather than air from outside of the car. Therefore, for the small cost of an air con recharge, it’s a worthwhile investment that should last at least 2 years in most cases.