Hi my A1 is only 6 months old but I'm wondering if I need an air con refresh? I have only just started to use it but noticed a "damp dishcloth" smell after its been running. Anyone had a similar experience? Is this normal on such a new car?
Its not a good idea to leave the air con off for long periods. It has a dehumidifing function as well as cooling and should really be left on all the time. That doesn't mean you have to have it on cold all the time.
I had that issue when I got my previous ibiza (as it was black the air con was always on cuz the damn car was always hot :lol: ). So I proceeded doing the following:
-Firstly I swaped the air filter for the inner of the vehicle (dont know the proper name in english but I think u get the picture) for a brand new one;
-Took out one of those perfums you put on the vents to give the car a nice smell and throw it in the thrash;
-Opened all the doors and boot;
-turned on the engine, turned on the AC and first I selected "HOT" in the climatronic (something like 27º degrees) and told the climatronic to send the air from all the places (torso, feet, head and windscreen). After 5 minutes I changed the temperature to the minimum (17º) and left it running at maximum vent speed for another 5 minutes;
-After this 10 minute cleaning method all the smells were gone and it stayed that way until I sold the car.