Car Air Conditioning Regas, Repair, Service & Recharge In Chesterfield – Excel Automotives

What Is Air Conditioning?

The Good & The Double Bad

air conditioning specialist under a ford car using ultra violet light to source an air conditioning problem

Your air conditioning system works very hard behind the scenes keeping your cars air cool in summer and clean in winter. The price we pay for this luxury is typically an engine load of 1% to 6% which equates to less power available and increased fuel usage, even at idle rpm.

Top Air Conditioning Symptoms

excel air con expert maticulously examining a volkswagen car air conditioning system for faults using uv light to highlight the fluorescent injected dye
  1. Windows misting up
  2. Bad or strange smells emitting from car interior air vents
  3. Noises coming from air conditioning pump
  4. Temperature not getting cold enough
  5. No change in air vent temperature

Excel Automotives Car Air Conditioning Services For Chesterfield

How Does Car Air Conditioning Work?

illustration of a car air conditioning showing all components and pipes and air flow direction and temperature at each stage

A sealed, high pressure system with a drier and an expansion valve, modern car & van air conditioning systems utilise a compressor to compress a refrigerant gas. A pump moves the gas through the air conditioning pipes. Over time the gas gradually escapes the system resulting in no cold air from the car’s interior vents. This is why your car’s air conditioning system needs re–gassing (recharging) and occasionally repairing & cleaning. Mostly just vulnerable to compressor bearing wear and leaks these days with minor maintenance modern air con systems are designed to generally out live the vehicle.

Air Conditioning Components
  • Compressor
  • Pump
  • Pipes
  • Condenser
  • Expansion Valve
  • Drier

Why Do I Need Air Con Recharge?

a volkswagen car getting its air conditioning regassed and recharged

Referred to as re–gas or recharge. Every year your car air conditioning system will lose 10–15% of its refrigerant gas. Without re–gassing & occasionally cleaning this eventually results in a build up of bacteria which grows into mould inside the systems pipes and evaporator. This is the source of bad odors which if left can result in allergies for the occupants. This is why you should get your air con recharge in Chesterfield regular, typically every 18 months to 2 years.

What If I Don’t Get It Re–Gassed Or Re–Charged?

Leaving your air conditioning without getting it recharged (re–gas) can ultimately end with your air conditioning system being financially not repairable due to excessive component wear. This means the cost to fully repair your air conditioning system is more than your cars re–sale value.

How Often Do I Need Air Con Re–gas?

What Your Car’s Manufacturer Says

Most vehicle manufacturer handbooks recommend that you get your air conditioning recharged every 18 months or so. Not usually included in any full vehicle servicing schedule you need to ask your local garage to re–gas your air–con.

We Suggest

We recommend you get your air conditioning checked with every annual service. Needless to say main dealers are generally much more expensive, typically double our price so always use your local Chesterfield garage as you will get the same results without the extra cost.

Air Conditioning Repairs

a land rover car being examined for air con leaks and faults in need of repairs


  • Air Con Not Working Correctly
  • Whining Or Rattling Noises
  • Unusual Odors
How To Fix
a ford car getting its 18 months air conditioning regas recharge

If your car’s air–con needs more than just a simple clean, leak check and re–gas it’s best left to the professionals. Your local garage will advise you accordingly.

Air Conditioning System Clean

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If you experience unpleasant odours from your cars interior vents whilst using your air conditioning system you most likely need a full air–con clean.

How To Fix

Using specialist equipment your local garage will clean all your cars air–con components including all pipes and fluid pathways by pumping specially designed cleaning agents around the entire system repeatedly.

Unpleasant Odours

If you smell old, mouldy fusty smells from your cars vents you need and air-con flush and clean. What you are smelling is the build up of bacteria which can affect people with breathing difficulties.

Stay Cool This Summer

  • Repair
  • Service
  • Flushing
  • Cleaning
  • Recharging


Excel Automotive Air–Con Team

Our air–con experts will happily show you the difference before and after recharging. Although it is easy to spot, the air from your vents will be very cold and stay that way until your next required recharge.

land rover car after receiving air conditioning parts namely a new pump to complete the vehicles air con repairs now being recharged and gassed

Did you know you should use your air–con at least occasionally in the winter months to help maintain an efficient system? This also helps prevent bacteria build up which is the main cause of bad odours inside your car.

Air–Con Experts

  • Car Air–Con Specialists
  • Established Over 20 Years
  • Comfy Waiting Area With Tea, Coffee, Magazines & TV
  • Drive In Service
  • Extremely Competitive
  • Big Savings On Main Dealers
  • No Work Done Without Approval

How Long Does Air–Con Re–gas Take?

It takes approximately 45 minutes to fully recharge your cars air–con system which is just enough time for you to enjoy a coffee while you wait in our lounge.

Most Popular Car Air–Con Recharge
  1. Mercedes
  2. BMW
  3. Volkswagen
  4. Volvo
  5. Vauxhall
  6. Ford
  7. Renault

What We Can Repair

Our specialist air–con team will have your cars interior vents blowing super cool air once more and just as the manufacturer designed. If you think you need your air conditioning recharging (re–gassing), repairing, servicing or cleaning and you live in Chesterfield call Us on 01246 455 863 for a free quotation.

If you need us

Telephone: 01246 455 863

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