climate control or a/c

Discussion in 'General Motoring' started by john374999, Nov 23, 2003.

  1. john374999

    john374999 Guest

    Looking to buy a 406 estate executive Does anyone have a problems with
    climate control against a/c. I should think the weakest link is the
    compressor which will be on both
    john374999, Nov 23, 2003
  2. john374999

    Nigel Guest

    Very rare for a compressor to go. The weakest link is the seals, which
    go hard if the system isn't used once a month even during the winter
    (set to heat). Then the gas will leak out and the a/c won't work.
    Nigel, Nov 23, 2003
  3. I'm not entirely sure what you're asking. As you say, both Climate Control
    and plain Air Conditioning have a compressor. Climate Control is just a
    computer controlled front end to the ventilation system as opposed to having
    manually controlled dials.With Climate Control you can simply dial in a
    preferred temperature and the climate control system will adjust the air
    flow, air conditioning, temperature, etc. to adjust to and maintain that
    temperature - of course all of these are can be overridden manually. Without
    Climate Control you would have to constantly adjust the temperature to
    compensate for changes in outside temperature or radiation (such as the sun
    going behind a cloud). Or just put up with it. There isn't really much
    difference in terms of what can go wrong. Although there are more parts to
    wear out or break in digital air con (such as the motorised valves) and more
    electronics, they're computer controlled - it isn't going to turn the knob
    too hard for example.

    Digital Climate Control has other advantages over normal manual air
    conditioning in that it will activate in the winter, even if it's just to
    demist your windscreen (air conditioned air is dryer as moisture condenses
    on the cooling unit so helps to clear your windows of moisture faster). This
    keeps the air conditioner moving parts and seals lubricated.

    Or are you asking if air conditioning is reliable in general? These days,
    for most people, it is. Although it can be very expensive to fix if it goes
    wrong out of warranty. In terms of it effecting your fuel economy, driving
    style still has by FAR the greatest effect on fuel economy.

    Adam Greatrix, Nov 23, 2003
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