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    does my aircon need re-gassing?

    basically my aircon is not that cold any more, and after using it, and having the blowers on, there is a nasty smell coming out for about 5 mins.

    does this mean i need to get aircon re-gassed, or is it a bigger problem.

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    As long as there are no leaks in the system and you hear the compressor coming on when you press the button I would suggest its just a simple re-gas.

    The smell would also suggest that its time for it to be cleaned out. What normally happens here is that bacteria builds up inside the system due to moisture.

    The garage will turn on the system full and set off a kind of antibacterial 'bomb' inside the car. They then press the air recirculation button so it gets sucked into the system. Worked well on mine a few years ago.
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    As a cheaper fix, try replacing your pollen filter as this may solve the problem and is something you can do easily on your driveway
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