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Jaguar Air Conditioning Services

We are fully equipped with the latest state of the art equipment to rapidly diagnose faults in the air conditioning system.

We are registered with the Environment Agency as an approved carrier of waste refrigerants and offer the complete removal and disposal of refrigerant gases as part of our services

We can carry out A/C Health Checks, De-gassing, Re-gassing, Contaminated Gas Recovery, Pipe & Hose Repair, System Flushing, Deodorising, Leak Testing, Pressure Testing, Vacuum Testing, Leak Dye Insertion, OFN Testing, Vent Temperature Testing, A/C Parts Supplied, Gas Analysing, All Cars Any Age ,R12 Systems, Free Advice

Air conditioning system not cold enough

The Air Conditioning system in your vehicle is not usually covered by most manufacturers servicing schedules and the refrigerant gas that is used to operate the system depletes over time. On average most vehicles lose up to 15% per annum this problem can be caused when then system is not used during the winter months allowing the small “O” ring seals to dry out resulting in a gradual deterioration in system performance eventually resulting in the system being too low to operate at all.

Most problems of this type can be put right fairly easily by a leak check of your system followed by a complete refill of your air conditioning refrigerant, this is sometimes referred to as a re-gas.

Air conditioning system smells odd

If you notice any strange smells when you put your air-con on then this could be signs of bacteria build up on your system.

As systems become older or are used infrequently the air conditioning system can start to develop bacteria, micro organisms and even mould or fungi growing especially behind the dash panel on the evaporator, this can lead to some very unpleasant odours. Some even claim this can result in headaches and flu like symptom sometimes referred to as sick car syndrome.

Don’t suffer any longer air con systems can be treated effectively with an anti-bacterial treatment that destroys the bacteria growth and leaves your car smelling fresh again.

The earlier this is treated the better you will feel!

If your air-con system suddenly starts making noises you have not heard before it is very advisable to have a qualified vehicle air conditioning specialist to have a look at it.

Some noises could be early symptoms of a compressor failure (the compressor is the air conditioning pump).The compressor is usually the most expensive part on the system ranging from approximately £230 to £600+ and if the bearings in your compressor break down or if the compressor seizes up it also means that other components can become contaminated with metal particles A flush of the system would then be needed as well as replacement of the compressor, the receiver / drier and the expansion valve - quite a hefty repair bill!

Its not all bad news however - some noises are quite normal

There are 2 different types of air-con system operation some vehicles use a system where the compressor (pump) cycles on and off which means that there is a clicking noise heard every few seconds this is normal, however if this switching cycle changes noticeably or the air con is not very efficient this could be an early symptom of low refrigerant or low gas pressure.

Pool of water underneath the car after using air-conditioning

You will sometimes see a water puddle on the ground, usually under the passenger footwell area, this is a normal feature of the air conditioning system as it is only water dripping from the air conditioning evaporator which has a drain tube fitted to allow the condensation from the evaporator to drain away from the vehicle.

Damp carpet in the footwell or excessive misting of the windscreen

Sometimes the drain tube from the evaporator may become blocked or detached allowing the condensation to build up inside your evaporator if this occurs water will just build up inside your car to a point where there are damp carpets or misting / high humidity type problems.

Do it yourself gassing

You may have seen in shops that canisters of R134a gas for refilling your ac system are available. Be advised that if your car a/c is low on gas then it needs to be emptied legally and vacuumed ( critical ) and leak tested before any gas can be added, As most cars hold more than what the canister holds you will need more then one which may cost more than having the job done properly. DON'T RISK IT!

Air conditioning tips

Some tips on how to get the most from your vehicle's air conditioning system and how to achieve the best performance.

Increased fuel consumption?

Your air conditioning system could be the cause!

Now is the time to get that air conditioning system checked! Did you know...

  • Your fuel consumption increases when your air conditioning is not functioning efficiently?
  • The gas in the system leaks over time and this results in a reduced cooling efficiency.
  • The air conditioning system should be checked annually and serviced annually.
  • The servicing of the air conditioning is not always part of the standard service schedule.

It's about your money and optimum driving comfort! So get your air conditioning checked now at your local air con service specialist.

Hot and sticky in your car?

The sun is shining and it is very hot and sticky in your car.

Did you know that the inside temperature of a parked car can reach up to 60 C? In this heat will feel you will feel sick & dizzy.

If you keep an eye on the following things, you'll be able to cool yourself and your car quicker and more effectively.

  • Park your vehicle in the shade.
  • Open the windows as soon as you get in.
  • Drive for a few minutes with the windows open as this will remove the hot air more quickly.
  • Set your air conditioning to maximum shortly after driving off.
  • When the air is cool, close the windows! Your air conditioning works best this way.
  • Now you can regulate the best temperature with your air conditioning unit.

Don't forget!
For the optimum driving comfort get your jaguar air conditioning system checked annually.