• Do You Charge To Test My A/C System?

    No. If are unsure if your car A/C is working or not, then come and visit us at our new service centre and workshop in Kettering and we will test your A/C system without charge.

    If you require a full A/C system diagnostic and report, then we will carry this out for you and provide you with a written report and quotation for any required work for £65.00. There is no obligation to have anything additional done.

  • How much will an A/C service cost me?

    A full system service for most modern cars (built after 1995) will cost £45.00 at our workshop in Kettering.

    Call-out’s incur a £25.00 fee and older cars (using R12 built before 1995) will cost £125.00 at our workshop.

    An OFN pressure test costs £20.00 and UV dye for diagnosis is £7.50 if required and our antibacterial and deodorisation service costs £25.00.

    Hourly Labour is £49.00 per hour for any additional work; we believe this to be very competitive in comparison to other specialist technician in the motor industry.

    Please note that for customers outside the NN postcode area a mileage charge may be applicable in addition to the call-out fee. Please discuss this with us prior to booking.

  • How often should a vehicle conditioning system be serviced?

    The vast majority of manufacturers recommend annual servicing of the A/C System. However, this is NOT normally carried out with the scheduled engine servicing, even by major car dealers.

    This annual check should include a refrigerant and oil change, check of refrigerant quantity, pressure and temperatures, checking refrigerant hoses, drive belts, wiring harnesses and changing pollen filters (where required). Please note that this is at additional cost to the vehicle’s routine engine servicing.

    We at Bee Cool recommend replacement of the A/C system filter drier at least every three years, unless the system has been open to air (in a bodyshop, or pipework failure).

  • What happens if a system is not regularly serviced?

    If an air conditioning system is not serviced, a build-up of moisture will occur. The built-in filter (receiver-drier or accumulator) is designed to store any moisture and contamination present in the system.

    If the filter-drier is not changed then its element will eventually break down and cause internal damage to the air conditioning system.

    In addition, the PAG oil that is used to effectively lubricate the compressor is ‘Hydroscopic’ and attracts water; once this oil has water contact, it will lose its viscosity and become useless. This will lead to compressor failure.

  • I have seen ‘DIY top-up’ cans for sale – can I service the A/C system myself?

    Your car A/C system is the only part of your car that you are not allowed by law to service yourself. There are usually warnings in regard to this in the Owners Manual and under the bonnet.

    Your A/C system is a high pressure system and there are many dangers in its servicing . To service the A/C system correctly, the system MUST be vacuumed to remove the moisture and the exact amount of refrigerant must be added according to the manufacturers data.

    As a result, a ‘DIY top-up’ canister is really not a good idea!

    You will usually need two of them to achieve any results but we at Bee Cool will carry out a full A/C system service that is a safer and more economical solution.

  • My car is an import, or was made before 1994 and has R12 refrigerant; can this be re-gassed, or retrofitted?

    We are able to retrofit older vehicles carrying the now banned R12 refrigerant. This was fitted to vehicles prior to 1994.

    We can use an industry accepted replacement gas called RS24; this is a non-flammable refrigerant blend, originally developed by Rolls-Royce.

    This gas, although expensive, will avoid the need to replace all the major mechanical components of the system and will prove to be almost identical to the now banned R12. Please note that this is the ONLY option for a R12 car.

    The newer refrigerants such as R134a, are a smaller molecular structure and will leak through the components on a R12 system. The oils used in R12 A/C systems are mineral based, and if they come into contact with a PAG oil  they will emusify and block the system.

  • What is a Filter-Drier?

    A filter-drier removes any impurities and therefore protects the compressor. It contains desiccant to absorb the small amounts of moisture that are present within the system.

    After a period of time and usage, the filter cannot perform the above functions as efficiently. This item will need to be replaced by the car manufacturer at your request.

    The filter-drier will need to be replaced approximately every three years, or if the system has been exposed to air.

  • Why can I smell a ‘musty’ smell inside the car when I turn on the air conditioning?

    This is due to the build-up of microscopic particles, mould and microbes on the evaporator and the drainage tray. The evaporator is an ideal breeding ground for these bacteria.

    This problem can easily be rectified with a special microbiological treatment of the evaporator unit during the annual service. This service is also available if the previous owners were smokers, or owned a dog, as it neutralises all smells and odors.

  • Is there anything I can do to keep the air conditioning working?

    On a modern vehicle, the best advice is to run the air conditioning continuously.

    Modern systems are very efficient and will not add greatly to the fuel consumption. Continuous running ensures that the refrigerant and oil are circulated throughout the system, keeping the seals lubricated and preventing microbe build-up on the evaporator.

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