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Car AC Recharge: How often should you have it done for your Fairfax, VA based vehicle?

August 9, 2021

Car AC Recharge: How often should you have it done for your Fairfax, VA based vehicle?

The temperatures in Fairfax, VA can get rather hot during the summer so it’s important to ensure that your car’s air conditioning system is functioning its best when the need arises.

In this blog we will discuss how often a car AC recharge is needed.

How often is a car AC recharge needed if I live in Fairfax, VA?

The short answer to this question is: It depends. 

Vehicle manufacturers don’t really provide a service or maintenance schedule for a car AC recharge. So, it’s not something you need to have done every year, or even every two years. The best indication that you need to recharge the refrigerant is when your car’s AC system becomes less efficient, but before it stops cooling completely.

When your AC system doesn’t cool off your car as quickly as usual or blow air as cold as it used to, you should have the system inspected. 

As part of the inspection, the mechanic should check your car’s AC system for refrigerant leaks, and then perform a car AC recharge service (if no leaks are found).  Of course, if a leak is discovered, the damaged components will likely need to be replaced. 

A car AC recharge service process consists of connecting your car’s AC system to a specialized machine, which vacuums out the old refrigerant and oil from the AC system, and then refills it to the proper level. 

After the service is complete, the mechanic should test the system’s operation and verify that the air conditioner is cooling to your vehicle’s manufacturer’s original specifications (by measuring the temperature of the air produced at the dash vents).

a car ac being recharge

We can all agree that nothing feels worse than getting into a baking car on a hot day. So, if you are experiencing any issues with your car’s air conditioning system, we would welcome the opportunity to assist you. Click here to schedule an appointment.