Air-Conditioning Time; Air-Con was invented in 1939 in the USA
The weather here in the UK has now started to get warmer, and it is generally the Air-Conditioning Time of the year that motorists turn their air conditioning on and find that it isn’t
working as good as they would like. Sometimes the won’t be getting cold, and sometimes there will be a musty sort of smell coming from the inside of the car. It is just not the same driving on a hot day with the windows wound down. You will probably find that your air-con needs to be re-gassed, or a more thorough service and inspection may be required.
Just out of interest, the first air con system for the car
was invented back in 1939 by Packard, in America and was the first to be fitted in the factory in 1940. The first refrigerant used in air-con was thought to be highly damaging to the atmosphere, and a safer gas was later used in the 1960s.
Most of our customers know that it is Air-Conditioning Time choose again and choose to have their air conditioning serviced yearly. This will clean out all the dirt and germs that have built up in the course of time, it will also recharge the gas as necessary. The other option would be to leave your air-con until there is a drop in the air con temperature and performance. There is a risk of leaving your air-con until there is a problem, the problem may arise with the result in a bigger repair and a bigger bill. Either way, in between summers, you do still need to think about your air conditioning system, we recommend that you leave the air-con on all through the autumn and winter, this stops the gas pressure from falling.
Many motorists are under the impression that Air-Conditioning Time is just for hot weather.
In fact, you will need to use it all year round, otherwise, it will be highly unlikely to be working properly on the hot days we do have, (as we are experiencing at the moment) In the colder months of winter, you can use your air- con system to warm the car, and it will also remove moisture from the air so that windows do not get misted up, this something that drivers do not know.
If your car is fitted with climate control it is often tempting on really hot days to turn the cold button as far down as it will go, but unless you are on a long journey, the chances are the system won’t be able to achieve the low temperature that you are looking for. Then when you exit the car, you feel like you’re stepping into a hot, steaming forest. Not very comfortable at all.
You are much better off aiming for an in-car temperature of just a couple of degrees lower than the outside temperature. You will feel more comfortable in the car, and it won’t be such a shock when you get out of the car, (we have all been there, when we hire a car in say Spain and the inside of the car are nice and cool, then when we get out it’s like stepping into an oven), if you don’t have the inside temperature so cold then your body won’t get such a shock when you hit the heat.
Any bad smells coming from your air-con system should be checked
out by a good auto-centre as soon as possible, particularly if you or any of your family has any breathing problems such as asthma. It indicates that there are bacteria in the car’s air-con system (often caused by leaves going mouldy and blocking up the exterior vents in Autumn, so do remove any that you see there!) you can also smell the bad smell coming in from other cars, this is very common and nothing to worry about.
In the Halifax area of West Yorkshire, you can have your air-con serviced by experts.