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Car Air Conditioner Maintenance

Tips for maintaining a car air conditioner

Prolong the life of your air conditioner by running it at least once a week to assist in keeping the compressor seals lubricated, which will prevent refrigerant from leaking.

Your air conditioning system not only cools your vehicle, one of its primary functions is to remove humidity from the cabin. In other words, use your air conditioner in winter to keep your windscreen free from fog.

When driving on the open road it is always a good idea to have your car air conditioner set to "flow through" ventilation and not "recirculate". This is due to the fact that .5% by volume of CO2 is dangerous and may cause drowsiness and headaches. 

Research statistics from the Police Accident Investigation Branch indicate that a large percentage of vehicles involved country road accidents had their air conditioners set on "recirculate". 

It is good practice to get a full air conditioning service at least every two years. The best time to do this before the hotter months start, as this will ensure that you are not caught out by a sudden heat wave at the start of the season.

Maintaining a healthy car air conditioner

Hidden crevices, combined with moisture build up and constant temperature variation in a car air conditioning system can be a breeding ground for harmful bacteria and fungus. This is particularly important for anyone who is prone to allergies or sufferers from asthma.

Your local Repco Authorised Car Service mechanic can provide you with information on special sanitising treatments that can help to remove these contaminants. These treatments are designed to protect you and your passengers and they also help to remove the musty odour that can be evident from the air conditioner vents. For more information click here.

For an informative video on cabin air filters and your health please click here.