If you thought 2017 was a hot one in Queensland, just wait until this summer! Last year was the hottest on record and 2018 is set to be even hotter. And that means top of my list of things to do right now is getting my car air conditioning checked.
When I first arrived in Australia way back when, I had a car for a few weeks that had no air conditioning. Never again! It was unbearable. It was also impractical as, by the time I got to work, I needed another shower.
It’s a Necessity
So next time someone tells you car air conditioning on the Sunshine Coast is a luxury, feel free to laugh in their face! The fact is, it’s essential. This is even more the case if you use your vehicle to transport children or the elderly.
However, just like your car’s engine, if you want the air conditioning to stay nice and cool all summer, you need to keep it well maintained. Usually, a quick affordable fix can save an expensive disaster later on.
Remember, the hotter it gets outside, the harder your air conditioning has to work. If it’s not in peak condition at the start of the season it’s going to struggle to keep up. Now’s a good time to book a system service or even a re-gas.
Breeding Ground for Bacteria
It’s not just the mechanical side of things you need to consider; auto air conditioning on the Sunshine Coast can also be a breeding ground for nasty bacteria and fungi.
A key component of your vehicle’s air conditioning system is the evaporator. This is the part that absorbs the heat from your car, changes it into vapour and then cools it through the refrigerant. If this part goes wrong that can be the end of the whole system. With regular servicing, however, faults can be picked up well in advance.
In a hot climate like Queensland your car’s air conditioning should be serviced every year. It may also need a re-gas then. Even a very well-maintained vehicle can lose 10% of the gas in the air conditioning system over the space of 12 months.
Car air conditioning on the Sunshine Coast comprises a whole variety of valves and thermostats, belts and pulleys, and major components like the compressor. A good technician will check all of these, and look for signs of leakage, too.
If you’ve started noticing a musty smell when you switch on the air conditioning, this is also a sign you’re overdue for a service. That smell indicates a build up of bacteria or mold, which can be harmful to your health. You may have already noticed that being in the car gives you a headache or makes you cough.
Finally, be wary of unbelievably cheap re-gassing deals; the chances are they are using an alternative refrigerant which can be very dangerous. A product like M30 is also highly flammable and not at all good for the environment.
Rather than quibble over the price of a professional car air conditioning service, just remember how much it will cost to get a new one!