DRIVERS have been warned to avoid a “hack” that could have disastrous consequences.
One auto expert claims that trying to fix the air conditioner can be very dangerous, as it can result in poisoning and painful frost burns.
Graham Conway, managing director of Select Car Leasing, is urging motorists to take their car to a workshop if the air conditioning is not working properly to avoid costly repairs and personal injury.
This comes after a TikToker posted a video that garnered more than 255,000 views saying you can fix your air conditioner by charging it.
However, Graham told the Sun Online: “By no means try it. Without speaking to an expert first, you have absolutely no idea what the problem with your air conditioner is.”
“If you use a DIY canister to add more refrigerant, as shown in the TikTok video, you can’t be sure how much is left in the system. This can overload the system and cause significant damage.”
Buying a top-up costs around £80 from most retailers and seems like the cheapest option, but if something goes wrong motorists could face a very high repair bill.
He continued: “Instead, find a trusted repair shop and talk to them first. In the long run, this could save you money.”
“In addition, specialists also have a better idea of how to check air conditioning systems for leaks and other problems, and there are also safety factors that need to be considered.”
“The refrigerant (Freon) used in air conditioning units can be very dangerous in a confined space, causing poisoning, painful frostbite on skin contact, or even more serious injury.”
“We advise against doing the work yourself and instead leave it to the professionals who have the experience and knowledge to handle this type of work.”
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