CoolCar Air-Conditioning Centres help protect the environment in everything we do.
We undertake responsible and lawful handling of refrigerant gases used in your vehicle air-conditioning.
The Ministry for the Environment says you should always use a qualified auto air-conditioning specialist to assess and repair problems with your vehicle’s air-conditioning. A specialist will have the right tools to recover refrigerants for re-use or recycling, and to find and fix any leaks.
It is illegal under the Ozone Layer Protection Act and Climate Change Response Act to release refrigerants when working on automotive air-conditioning systems in New Zealand. If allowed to escape, the refrigerant gases used in vehicle air-conditioners harm the world’s atmosphere, the Ministry says.
Ethical air-conditioning operators such as CoolCar Air-Conditioning Centres ensure refrigerant does not escape into the atmosphere during servicing. We check for any leaks in vehicle air-conditioning systems, and repair those we find, before re-gassing.
Less ethical operators simply re-gas vehicle air-conditioning systems without checking for leaks, meaning the gas may escape into the atmosphere and the system will need another re-gas in the future. Just doing a re-gas without checking the system can also cause expensive damage to the system later on if other problems are not diagnosed and fixed.
Catherine Tocker from CoolCar Air-Conditioning Centres says all CoolCar centres are committed to protecting the environment.
“When an air-conditioning system breaks down, most people think it just needs re-gassing and there’s certainly a lot of places to get a quick and cheap top up with refrigerant.
“However, unless you find the leak that caused the system to run out of refrigerant in the first place, you will be contributing to gases that are harmful to the environment being released into the atmosphere. You will often also have expensive damage to your air-conditioning system, as it will most likely run low on refrigerant another time,” says Catherine.