HiQ promotes air-con servicing
HiQ has released a statement arguing for increased attention to be paid to air conditioning systems, following a 15 per cent increase in air-con related problems seen at HiQ branches. The seven out of 10 motorists that HiQ says fail to service their air-con systems regularly – some not at all – could experience decreased levels of fuel efficiency and even asthma-related health problems. The network’s fast fit manager Stuart Carr said that over time, air-con gas gradually depletes which then impacts upon fuel efficiency levels because the engine has to work harder.
When air conditioning systems are working effectively, a pool of water collects underneath a car as it removes any moisture. If the system has not been serviced or had a replacement pollen filter fitted then this moisture can become a harbour for germs and bacteria.
Carr said that the combination of moisture and bacteria in the air vents then causes a bad smell inside the car, while the bacteria has been linked to asthma and respiratory problems: “It is imperative for motorists to get their air conditioning systems serviced and the pollen filter replaced regularly, for health and financial reasons.
“We were surprised how many drivers don’t treat this issue as a priority as it really does impact on the car’s performance. It is around this time of year when we always see an increase in problems, often because motorists haven’t used their air-con systems for at least six months. Like anything car related a poor performing system or accessory will lead to problems, which many motorists don’t appreciate.”
HiQ advises that air-con systems need to be serviced every two years for optimum performance with a recharge gas top up service once per annum.
“It is important for motorists to get their air-con systems serviced to avoid any unwanted problems and to use it on a regular basis throughout the year to keep the components lubricated, Stuart concluded.”