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Is your car’s AC system working?

Summer is coming! Is your car’s AC system working?

During the cooler weather typical for winter and spring, it can be easy to not give your car’s AC system a second thought. But with summer fast approaching the weather starts to heat up, making now the perfect time to ensure your AC system is working as it should.
If you’ve noticed that your car’s AC system isn’t working as well as it once did, call into your local BestBrive store where one of our qualified technicians can service your AC system. We can also re-gas your AC system as required.
Person sitting at the steering wheel in a car with hand to forehead feeling hot.

Why isn’t my car’s AC system working?

The AC system in your car operates similarly to the cooling system in your home and is made up of many components. These work together to keep you cool in the warmer months, remove humidity from the cabin and demist a foggy windscreen in cooler weather.
If even one of these components fails or isn’t working properly, your AC system will become compromised. The AC system in your car is prone to developing leaks. Over time, the pressurised refrigerant can typically escape as a result of engine vibrations and temperature changes, which cause pipes to move and the rubber rings to expand and contract. The issue tends to develop slowly over time, which means that initially as the performance of your AC system begins to deteriorate you may not be overly aware.
The O-ring seals on your car’s AC system can also dry out during winter when the AC system isn’t in frequent use. You can help to maintain your AC system by regularly running the AC even in the winter months, for 5 minutes or so, to help keep the seals lubricated.
Close up of person’s hand held in front of car’s AC air vent.

Could my car’s AC need regassing?

If your AC system is working, but you have started to notice that it no longer runs as cool as it once did, then your car’s AC system may require regassing.
You should always ensure that you have the AC system regassed by a qualified professional as regassing involves the removal and recapture of the remaining refrigerant gas from the AC system. This is then replaced with new refrigerant to ensure that your AC system runs cold once more.

When do I get my car’s AC system serviced?

Typically, manufacturers will recommend that your car’s AC system is serviced every 2 years to ensure reliable and consistent performance year round. At your local BestDrive store you’ll find authorised technicians who can complete a comprehensive service of your AC system.
As part of your regular vehicle servicing at BestDrive, we’ll look for any obvious faults that may indicate that there’s an issue with your AC system. These faults include drive belt tension and visible refrigerant leaks.
Ensuring that you have comprehensive servicing at the recommended intervals can assist in saving you money in the long term. An AC system that is underperforming can do more than make your drive a little stuffy and unpleasant. A leak forces the AC system to work harder, increasing the amount of fuel your car uses.
Customer handing their car keys over to a technician in a workshop.

How do I book my vehicle for an AC service or regas?

If you’ve noticed that your AC system is ineffective, or it is leaking, contact your local BestDrive store to book in a service. Contact us or phone us on 1300 266 844 to speak with one of our knowledgeable team members today.
Our qualified technicians can perform a series of thorough checks, balances, repairs and replacements as required to ensure that your AC system is operating as it should - ready for summer!
BestDrive. You drive, we care.

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