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I have been quoted £65 for a full air con service, clean out, new pollen filter and some other filter and a refill, I can get that cost down quite a bit through a local deal but what Id like to know (I should have asked at the time) would you expect them to test for a leak at the service ?

Reason I ask, when I bought the car 2 years ago the air con wasn't brilliant so I asked for it to be sorted and all was ok but 2 years down the line it needs doing again. I'm not totally confident that Alfa Romeo did a proper job at the time, maybe they did but other jobs done at the same time weren't quality and I'm wondering if they just topped the system up to shut me up.

What is a standard period of time for the air con between needs for regassing ?

If a leak is detected can you tell me what is involved and roughly cost to put right.

I'm guessing that its a similar system to a fridge or freezer but there's not a whole load to leak as they are sealed systems, is it common place to have leaks ?
 

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Don't know if it helps, but I've had my 159 since Jan 2011 and since Jan the air-conditioning has been making a whirring noise. Fixed by a regas, which cost £48 at independent garage, Avanti Autos in Ipswich. To be fair it was still producing cold air, but had lost a fair bit. And that was circa 5 years.

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They say service should be carried out every 2 years as on average as 10% of refrigerant gas is lost annually through natural leakage.

A leak test is part of the service.
ATS offer a regas (and leak test) for £35 at the moment which is good value.
 

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i get mine serviced every year at an aircon specialist. the 147 was 14 years old and worked a treat. one of the first things i did to the 159 when i got her was to get the aircon serviced.
 

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I had mine re-gassed in late December I think. It's now not blowing cool at all. I think I have a leak somewhere as when it was filled in December it was also empty. So every six months it will need a re-gas. I wouldn't bother with the winter but I find without it the damn thing steams up like a Turkish baths.
I'm unsure whether to have the dye test and find out what is leaking, however in my experience with previous cars and non working A/C, it's rarely a cheap fix.
 
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