|Rover 800 820 825 Air Conditioning Refill.|
Car: 1999 Rover 800 825 V6 Coupe
Colour: Zircon Silver
Air conditioning requires servicing just like most other parts on a car, but unlike mechanical parts, owners often ignore the fact their aircon has stopped blowing cold!
Not me, I can not live without my aircon! and usually have it on throughout the year.
It is said by those in the business that you need to get the aircon checked and refilled every two years, because the gas used in air conditioning is supposed to lose it's efficiency by at least 10% a year!
I am not sure about that, having just had the aircon in the coupe refilled for the very first time (that I know of, and 6 years at least!) ...and until recently it was blowing colder than the aircon in the Fastback which we have had refilled a few times now.
Why fix what's not broken! With it always blowing colder than the fastback it made no sense in getting it done unless it was needed! no matter what those air con companies were saying!
All of a sudden though, the air con went from blowing ice cold air, to just blowing warm air and so there was no sense in not getting it refilled!
What I can not understand is the people who just do not get their aircon refilled when it does stop blowing cold. Some say they never use it, as it never gets hot enough, or they say it uses too much fuel. ...but it is just as useful in winter, for helping to keep the windows clear, and it uses up more fuel driving with your windows down than with the aircon switched on.
Maybe it's because people do not realise just how easy the solution is to fix it. You simply drive to somewhere that does the refills and in less than an hour, you have it working again!
If you go to the Main Dealers or to some car service places the price is usually very high, but there are many local independents or service centres that can and do offer a good price when it comes to air conditioning refills.
If you only ever take you car to the same place to get services normally, and are worried about it not being done right somewhere else, you do not have to worry, the process, is usually a very simple one, because the car is hooked up to an automatically controlled air conditioning refill machine that does everything it needs to automatically, so even the worst mechanics will manage to get the system filled correctly. So you can shop around on price!
I took this car to the local kwik fit who were changing £49 at the time of writing, with the guarantee that if it was not colder, you would not be charged.
They will sometimes do it for less though, we normally only pay them £35 on the fastback (well it looks old!)(they will charge £35 if you are getting the vehicle serviced at the same time, but we never were, we just get the aircon from them!), but I did manage to get them down to £25 on it the last two times! & the last time was just a few months before this car was done! I did not have the heart to try and haggle them down again. (plus the coupe looks bettter!)
For me air con is worth having whatever the price!
Normally a refill will sort things. Air con gets expensive, when you have a leak or fault with your system. Those supplying refills though, are not after selling you aircon parts, so do not worry, they will not be trying to sell you a new aircon system!
The best way to protect your air con and keep it all working is to use it often throughout the year, plus when you come to sell your car you are more likely to get your asking price if the air con works. So it usually works out cheaper in the long run, if you use it!
Rover 800 climate controls!
This car will hold the interior temperature at any temperature you set in the range from 65 - 86 degrees Fahrenheit (18 - 30 degrees Celsius).
So for those of you that use yours set on thee Fahrenheit scale will get nearly double the number of temperature settings! (better control!)
Even though the air conditioning can be switched off by pressing the 'ECON' (economy), button, we have found that using the aircon constantly has little to no effect whatsoever on our MPG figures, and so we usually always have it switched on. Cars with small engines probably see the biggest inefficiency when it comes to running aircon!
Set on 'AUTO' if the temperature is set to 'LO' (minimum) the automatic temperature controlled climate control will switch to recirculate, to cool the car down much quicker (especially when it is hot outside).
Set to 'HI' (maximum) the automatic temperature controlled climate control will aim for the fastest way to warm up and defrost the vehicle, and so will switch on the rear demist and turn off the air con until the inside reaches a much warmer temperature.
In winter time the air conditioning is a very valuable tool helping to draw all the moisture out of the car interior helping to keep the mist down on the windscreen and windows.
The air conditioning system is run by an air conditioning compressor.
The compressor will normally be a belt driven device attached to the engine.
It's hidden down the front of the engine on this car, but if you follow all the air conditioning pipes, you will soon be able to locate your compressor.
The gas used in the air conditioning system is harmful, and should not be vented into the atmosphere. Having your system refilled professionally will ensure the old gases are removed in the safest way.
The air conditioning systems usually have two valves, usually labelled 'H' & 'L' for the high and low pressure parts of the system.
There should also be an inspection point where the gas (or liquid! as it will be under pressure!) can be seen.
Switching on the engine and air con and all of a sudden you can see the liquid moving about and frothing up in the inspection glass.
To save some money the next time it required topping up we decided to go down the DIY route, please see;
Rover 825 Air Con Top-up
& Rover 820 Air Con Top-up