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AirCon Re-Gassing

PostTue May 13, 2008 6:23 pm

The aircon on my immaculate 1996 Citroen Xantia 1.8 Auto is not what is
was, a local garage is offering re-gassing for £65 inclusive. I've no idea
if this is a fair price or even if it will improve my aircon. Can any expert
out there give me some advice-thanks.<< Mike P

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PostTue May 13, 2008 6:37 pm

About the going rate I would say.
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PostTue May 13, 2008 11:15 pm

Unless it is years since the air/con was gassed or if it is the original charge, the loss of refrigerant will be due to a leak.
To be fixed properly, it is possible that a leak exists somewhere in the system and to re-gas without looking for and repairing is a waste of money unless they guarantee the job to be free from leaks.
Some have a habit of just regassing and flying by the seat of their pants as regards the leaks go, but sometimes, you can find these yourself by looking for oil stains around joints.
Most common cause of leaks in car air con is the "O" rings on the joints flattening out due to age, with a result, the lose their elasticity and leak.
"O" rings aren't an expensive item; the cost is in the labour fitting them.

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PostThu May 15, 2008 1:26 pm

Kwikfit offer a recharge service for £44.95.

"Cooler air-conditioning or your money back guarantee"

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Not sure what happens if they find a leak.

My missus used the service last year and her ac is still fine this year.

I'd feel better using this service than a local garage, myself.

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Air con Regassing

PostFri May 16, 2008 9:27 pm

HI just had my air con gassed at KWIK FIT cost £44.95Takes about an hour to do but the machine they use cleans and checks your system for any leaks if ther are any they gont regas so no charge they advertise if your lowest vent temp after gassing is not 10% lower then no charge. So take it to them.
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PostMon Jun 09, 2008 5:51 pm

Just had mine done by a guy recommended by the mechanic I invariably use for my Citroëns.
Came to the door an hour after I made contact with him - he was 1/4 mile away on the same estate.

Regassed mine, which was empty, repaired the tailgate window (estate).

Also regassed my son's 306, replaced a burned out relay and relay socket.

£90 all in. I'm happy with that.

If anyone in the Washington/Newcastle/Sunderland/Durham are want his details feel free to PM me.
The info may possibly be added to the recommended repairers thread, if the mods and admins approve.

The improvement was really appreciated as it hit 29°C this afternoon, as I was off to do the shopping. The heat hit me like a wall when I stepped out of the car.
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PostSun Jul 13, 2008 10:55 pm

birstall wrote:Kwikfit offer a recharge service for £44.95.

Not sure what happens if they find a leak.


Knowing Kwikfit, if there wasn't a leak before, there will be after. I've seen the way they "test" your exhaust system if you just want a rear box replaced.
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PostSun Mar 08, 2009 8:57 pm

never had any probs with kwik fit i go out and stand right behind the ramps and watch them fit my exhaust. found out recently a cherry bomb back box is only £35 online my back box is £100 at kwik fit so I'm gonna be noisey next time around. £65 does seem a lot for an air con charge I'd shop around a bit first of all ask the neighbours maybe, however there is a charge wrapped up in there for disposal of the old refridgerant.
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PostSun Mar 08, 2009 10:02 pm

I had mine recharged, plus my son's 306, plus new relays and sockets in the 306 and he rewired my rear window (in the tailgate)
£90 the lot, from a local mobile autoelectrician/aircon specialist.

Came to the door half an hour after I phoned him - he was working in the next street.

He did evacuate the system, did a pressure test then refilled it in each car.
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PostTue Mar 17, 2009 1:53 am

Novice question " Is the air-con regassing anyway connected to the heating system ie. matrix . As known gassing may disrupt things that might be better to have left . thank's
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PostTue Mar 17, 2009 7:17 am

arkweld wrote:Novice question " Is the air-con regassing anyway connected to the heating system ie. matrix . As known gassing may disrupt things that might be better to have left . thank's

No the heater matrix and aircon evaporator are entirely separate units in the heater box. I know matrixes are delicate little flowers but an aircon re-gas will have no effect at all on it :D

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PostTue Mar 17, 2009 11:56 am

Halfruads aircon Kit is what i've used with no issues.
Obviously not as good as vacuming out the system but has sufficed in my last few xantias with AC and the pressure guage has packed up but i'll replace that soon. The cans can be quite cheap as well so if its only a topup its good and helps you find the leak as well to DIY fix if wanted?
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