Book your Air-Conditioning Pre-inspection service

Book your air conditioning service

Air Conditioning

Make sure that you can rely on your air conditioning with a Pre-Inspection Service. Car air con needs regular maintenance to ensure that it is functioning as efficiently as possible. At QCD Autocentre, we offer a complete air conditioning Pre-Inspection Service. To book your Air Conditioning Pre-Inspection Service, visit us at QCD Autocentre or book an appointment online.

Please enter your vehicle registration below and click 'Book'.

What is Air Conditioning Pre-Inspection Service?

Before we can carry out your Air Conditioning Recharge Service, as a legal requirement we'll need to check the system for any faults or leaks. The Pre-Service Inspection includes:

  • A temperature checks
  • A refrigerant check
  • A thorough inspection of the system's key components, including the
  • compressor, condenser, drive belts and hoses
  • A leak test (using nitrogen)

Once complete, our team will give you the option of a full Air Con Service including an air con recharge (also known as an air con recharge) for an additional cost of £40. We will replace and recharge lubricant and refrigerant levels in line with your manufacturer's recommendation.

Note: the additional cost of the Air Con Service will be £40 for R134a refrigerant and £80 for the newer R1234yf 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 1st January 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. To find out which type of air conditioning gas your car needs and to start a booking to have your air con gas recharged, enter your registration in the field above.

Does my air con need recharging?

Manufacturers recommend that your air con is recharged every 2 years. As your car or van air conditioner is not checked as part of your MOT test and recharging the air conditioning is not typically included in your Service, it is important to make sure that you include recharging as part of your regular vehicle maintenance routine.

If your AC is blowing out warm air or only works intermittently, an AC recharge can bring back cold air when you need it most on hot days and can also improve your fuel efficiency as there is less strain on the system and engine. Unpleasant smells coming from the air vents also suggest that your air con needs some attention.