Air conditioning re-gas
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Lada Niva/4x4/Taiga/Urban/Legend Air conditioning re-gas
Does my Lada Niva/4x4/Taiga/Urban/Legend air conditioning need a re-gas?
Let’s be honest, you can’t really get by in Australia without air conditioning (A/C). Be it in your home, your office or your Lada Niva/4x4/Taiga/Urban/Legend, A/C is indispensable.
Keeping your Lada Niva/4x4/Taiga/Urban/Legend A/C system in good working order is, therefore, pretty important. As with most complex mechanical systems though there are many things that can falter and cause problems.
Some ‘faults’ can be more likely than others, and an obvious suspect if your A/C is not working, will be the refrigerant, that is the ‘fuel’ to the A/C system.
If the refrigerant is low, then a re-gas will need to be performed – a job that can start in the region of $120 at the low end of the price range and will cost more depending on the model and type of vehicle you drive and if there are any leaks in the system.
The refrigerant is the ‘active’ component in your Lada Niva/4x4/Taiga/Urban/Legend A/C system.
It’s the stuff that flows through the system and is ultimately responsible for creating the cold air that is pumped into the cabin.
To get super-technical for a moment, the refrigerant will most likely be what is known as R134a (also known as 1,1,1,2-Tetrafluororthane).
However, a new refrigerant called R1234yf (also known as 2,3,3,3-Tetrafluoropropane) has been recently introduced and the newest vehicles may well be required to use it instead.
It’s important to know which your car’s A/C system uses – while the refrigerants perform the same job, they have different properties and the A/C systems will have been manufactured with a particular one in mind.
Fully functioning or not, the A/C system will naturally lose refrigerant over time, so you cannot leave the A/C unchecked indefinitely. A re-gas will likely be needed every few years.
The most obvious sign your Lada Niva/4x4/Taiga/Urban/Legend is low on gas is that the cooling capability of the A/C system is reduced, it takes longer to cool down the cabin and the air is not as cold as it should be.
A correctly functioning air conditioning system is vital.
Not only does it provide a way to keep you cool and comfortable on the impossibly hot days we experience in Australia, but it also allows for the demisting of the windscreen on those days and nights when the weather isn’t quite so perfect.
This is a pretty important safety feature – you don’t want to be driving blind just because you didn’t get your A/C checked and maintained. That's where AutoGuru can help out.