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Air con re-gas recommendations near Maidenhead/Reading/Slough?

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Haven't been on here for a while, but my 3.0 V6 Spider needs it's air-con re-gassing, I had considered talking it to Kwik Fit for 45 but wondered i) if I should use a specialist and if so ii) has anyone got any recommendations in the Maidenhead area? I know there's AlfaAid but I don't know if they do air con (assuming they are not air-con specialists) - Cheers Rich...
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Although I haven't tried them, i've heard a lot of good things about AlfaAid. You also have Veloces in north London (bit more to drive). Down my way you have Black & White. All Alfa specialists are all more than capable of sorting out your aircon. Although you might not want to pay dealership prices though...

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AlfaAid would do it for you, but I would assume it would be cheaper to go to a place yourself to have it done? Give them a call and ask for a price (Lee or Adrian will pick up the phone). KwakFit should be capable of doing that job OK though. I had mine done at Mirage in NW London for 50 (bit more than KwakFit but would rather support smaller businesses and used the guy before) and the A/C is much better now.
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With air con there is a routine!!!!

now im no air con boyo but! i believe that the proper method is something along the lines of extraction and weigh of what fluid is already there and then recharge and blah blah! KwikMess will only pump a load of charge in and not bother doing it correctly you might as well go to halfrauds and buy a gas canister yourself a few quid and refill or get it done correctly at an automotive aircon specialist! don't bother with Kwickmess

This is from another thread, im sorry but i do not have the thread author but this is what the air con specialist said...


To do the job properly all the gas must be recovered {taken out} and weighed to see the extent of loss if any, modern refrigerants are a blend of two or more gasses which have different evaporation rates so if you lose more than a certain percentage the gas left over is scrap ie a high concentration of one particular gas over the other[s], after recovery and weighing a thorough pressure and leak test should be undertaken, its illegal to recharge a system with a known leak however small the leak is, after the test if everything is pressure tight the system must undergo a thorough evacuation to remove any moisture and ensure its under a vacuum before recharging with the correct amount of new refrigerant. there are to many regas places that dont follow this procedure {just bang a bit more gas in, that will be 40 sir} it pays to use a real proffesional who should have a gas anylizer that will give you a readout as to the condition of the remaining refrigerant usualy just a simple pass or fail, i would avoid anyone who is running a regas service without one. As most systems in vehicles rely on rubber o rings to prevent any loss of refrigerant these must be kept lubricated by using the air con fequently as the gas carries around the system a certain amount of oil so it really is a case of use it or lose it.
A very slight porous leak would show up on the evacuation /vacuum proceedure even if it was not detected during normal oxygen free nitrogen pressure testing as long as it was carried out using a torr gauge in line with normal manifold gauges, back again to people undertaking regases without the equipment/knowlege nature abhors a vacuum so it is easily detected using the correct equipment tracing the leak is a different matter as to the cheap equipment most anything can be repaired made servicable at a cost but i limit my repairs/servicing to equipment i have purched from new i know how and when its been used."

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