Your Bentley’s air conditioning system can lose refrigerant gas over time, especially if it isn’t used regularly. As a result, your vehicle’s system will not work as well as it should be. This is exactly why manufacturers recommend getting your air con system recharged with gas and lubricant every two years.
However, this process is not part of your routine vehicle servicing, so you may have a few questions about air conditioning and how the process works.
At Bentley Conversions, we’re answering all the common questions about recharging your air conditioning:
Q: How does recharging work?
A: The process is quite simple and involves removing any old refrigerant gas and oil from your air con system before replacing this with the correct amount of new refrigerant and lubricant as per your vehicle manufacturer’s recommendation. A vacuum test will also be performed to ensure there are no cracks or damage to the system that could cause a leak.
Within an hour the whole recharge process will be completed and you will have a working air-con system with refreshing cool air.
Q: Can I do recharge my air-conditioning myself?
A: We would advise against using any kind of DIY kits to recharge your air-con system. Your vehicle will require a specific quantity of refrigerant anywhere from 500ml to 1,500ml. The only way to measure the amount of gas in the system would be to evacuate it and top it up. However, overfilling your gas could cause irreparable damage to the system.
Q: Should I use my air-conditioning all year round?
A: As Bentley specialists, we recommend using your air conditioning system all year round, even in the winter. After all, the system is not just for cooling purposes – it can help to remove moisture from the air so it prevents misting of your windows. If you prefer not to have the air-con switched on all the time, you should run it for at least 10 minutes per week. This will ensure the refrigerant and oil is circulated and prevents the seals from drying out