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Air conditioning systems can lose refrigerant gas over time, especially when they aren't used regurarly. Manufacturers recommend an air con service every two years to keep your car's air con system clean, cool and prolong the life of the air con components.
How much is an air con recharge?
The price you pay for an air conditioning recharge depends on the type of refrigerant gas your car uses. The vast majority of cars on the road in the UK use one of two types of refrigerant - R134A and R1234YF. If your air conditioning system requires R134A gas the cost to recharge is £59+VAT or £45+VAT if booked with a service.
For vehicles that require R1234YF gas the cost is £120+VAT or £105+VAT if booked with a service.
It is not possible to switch between gases, in fact, the port to recharge R1234YF models is different to the R134A making it impossible to refill with the incorrrect gas.
How do I know which air con gas I require?
R134A gas is common in vehicles manufactured before 2014. All vehicles with air conditioning manufactured since 2017 include the new R1234YF air con gas which is more environmentally friendly. Since this date, manufacturers are no longer allowed to use the older R134A air con gas in a bid to reduce global warming as the old gas is believed to be more damaging to the environment. R1234YF gas was phased in by vehicle manufacturers over time so vehicles rolling off the production line between 2014 and 2016 could require either gas.
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