Air conditioning is a system used to create and maintain a comfortable driving environment inside a vehicle. It does this by transferring the heat from inside a vehicle to the outside keeping the temperature down inside the car. The system cools, dries and cleans the air.

The most basic systems have manual temperature control but systems are becoming more and more complex with full climate control on a lot of modern cars which rely on a lot of sensors to maintain the selected temperature. img

Air conditioning has become a vital part of car ownership over the last decade, and its popularity has lead to its standardisation across all the car manufacturers. Unfortunately, it is often a component that people do not pay enough attention to when compared to maintaining their engines.

Vehicle air conditioning systems will usually suffer from decreasing refrigerant as time wears on and this can lead to problems with performance.

If decreasing refrigerant issues are left unaddressed, the circulation of lubricant within the system can be reduced and air or moisture can enter this system, causing serious damage.


Mitchell's Garage offers the following services:

- Air conditioning test
- Pressure checking the system and ensuring vent temperatures adheres to the manufacturers' guidelines
- Manual inspection of components and the system as a whole
- Full system cleaning plus anti-bacterial treatments
- Refrigerent recovery and replacement
- Removal of air moisture from the air conditioning system
- System leak testing
- Restoration of system according to manufacturers' recommended status


Mitchell's Garage offer a full service for your air conditioning system for just £40 plus VAT.
Please contact us to make an appointment.

Common Air Conditioning Problems

Air conditioning is not cold enough
Refrigerent gas that is used to operate the system depletes over time and can eventually result in the system being too low to operate at all. Most problems of this type can be put right fairly easily by a leak check of your system followed by a complete refill of your air conditioning refrigerant.

Strange smell coming from air conditioning
If you notice any strange smells when you put your air-con on then this could be signs of bacteria build up on your system. Air conditioning systems can be treated effectively with an anti-bacterial treatment that destroys the bacteria growth and leaves your car smelling fresh again.

Strange noises when the air conditioning is switched on
Some noises are quite normal but if your air conditioning system suddenly starts making noises you have not heard before it is advisable to have a qualified vehicle air conditioning specialist to have a look at it.

Pool of water under the car after using the air conditioning
A puddle of water on the ground, usually under the footwell area, is a normal feature of the air conditioning system. It is only water dripping from the air conditioning evaporator which has a drain tube filled to allow the condensation to drain away from the vehicle.

Damp carpet in the footwell or excessive misting of the windscreen
Sometimes the drain tube from the evaporator may become blocked or detached allowing the condensation to build up inside your evaporator. If this occurs water will just build up inside your car to a point where there are damp carpets or misting / high humidity type problems. This type of problem is usually fairly easy to resolve.