How much difference is made by recharging the aircon?
Well, this might be a little subjective and difficult to quantify...
Having just recovered from the heat of a blistering weekend in London, the aircon is suddenly top priority!
On my 156 I have a working aircon/clim control system (and I am thankful for that in itself!). However, during a heat of the day, it is more of a 'hand and face cooler' than anything impressive to cool the cabin or any rear passengers.
I was wondering how much difference it would make to recharge the aircon system. My previous experience of aircon recharging in other cars is not great - though debatable whether this may have been an issue with the aircon specialist or the technical process itself. I always had to spend the money for recharging before the specialist could confirm whether the system needed any attention anyway. And frequently the recharging didn't cure the problem!
Does recharging significantly improve the cooling effect of the system? Does the 156 (2001 model) air con unit ever improve beyond a 'hand 'n face cooler'? Is there any specific skill involved in the process which differentiates the quality of the specialist?