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- When does the receiver dryer need to be replaced?
The receiver drier needs to be replaced if too much water enters the AC system, if leaks are found, or if it’s according to the manufacturer’s recommendation. A replacement ensures the optimal performance of your vehicle’s air conditioning.
It’s also compulsory to replace the receiver drier when the AC is opened for servicing. Ask your Natrad technician about an AC repair kit for your vehicle which contains the required replacement parts including a new receiver drier.
- What does the receiver drier do?
The receiver drier has 3 key functions. First, it acts as temporary storage for oil and refrigerant that isn’t needed during periods of lower cooling demand. Second, it contains a filter that traps debris that gets into the AC system. The third function is the drying – the receiver drier contains a desiccant that absorbs any moisture that has penetrated the AC system.
- Can I replace the receiver drier myself?
When the AC system is opened for repairs, the refrigerant needs to be collected and recycled to prevent air pollution and ensure safe handling of the refrigerant gas. This needs to be carried out by a licensed refrigerant technician using the right equipment. If you follow the correct procedures, including replacing the right amount of oil and storing refrigerant gas safely, you can replace the receiver drier.
- What can happen if I don't replace the receiver drier?
If the receiver drier is not replaced, moisture and debris can accumulate within the vehicle air conditioning system and potentially cause failure of major components, which then leads to an expensive repair. Have your vehicle AC system checked every 2 years or whenever you have any concerns about the air conditioning function. A Natrad technician can perform an air conditioning check and diagnose any problems before they become serious.
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