Car Air Conditioning Service
Automotive Instincts are ready to carry out all of your Car Air Conditioning repairs, inspections or servicing in Reservoir and the surrounding areas.
Todays vehicles are very complex and just like the engine, you need to get a regular service on your air conditioning system.
Don’t Melt In Your Car
Send the heat packing. Car air conditioning systems use refrigerant to pull heat from the air in the passenger area of the car then transfer it outside, leaving only cooled or 'conditioned' air behind to be redistributed. It is critical that the rubber seals are inspected for any signs of leaks or detoriation which could indicate a continuing loss of refrigerant.
Refrigerant can leak or evaporate over time meaning your air con system will begin to deteriorate and have to work harder increasing the amount of fuel you use. Even new cars can lose around twenty percent of their refrigerant gas in the first two years.
To compensate for this happening it is strongly recommended that the refrigerant in your Automotive Air Conditioner is recharged completely within four years of the manufacture date and every two to three years after that.
By getting a yearly car air conditioning service you often help protect the system against costly breakdowns now and in the future - and a well serviced Automotive Air Conditioner system actually saves you money because it means less fuel is being used.
You should take your vehicle to a qualified workshop such as Automotive Instincts on a regular basis to make sure the air conditioning system continues performing efficiently as well as having the mechanics examine the condition of the whole vehicle.
Repco Authorised Car Service mechanics perform a 65 Point Vehicle Inspection report with every service and can give you a warning about any items that may need to be renewed in the near future or those that are already damaged beyond repair.
Automotive Instincts in Reservoir are qualified to perform air conditioning repairs, services and regas on most makes and models.
Air Conditioning FAQ's
A car air conditioning system could be seen as having four basic parts - the compressor, a belt driven pump to compress and circulate refrigerant gas, a radiator like unit called a condenser (removes heat and condenses gas to a liquid), a heat exchanger called an evaporator to extract heat from the car and remove moisture from refrigerant and an expansion device either a thermal expansion valve (TXV) or an orifice tube, (depending on the type of air conditioner system used).
A vehicle air conditioner is designed to withdraw the heat from the air inside the car then transfer it to the outside, leaving only cooled or 'conditioned' air behind to be redistributed. As hot air is passed across the fins of the evaporator the heat is easily absorbed by the refrigerant (in gas form), effectively removing the heat from the air in the car and taking it outside.
The now heated gas is pulled through the compressor where it is further heated (via compression) to a very high temperature. The refrigerant is then literally forced through the condenser, allowing the cooler outside air to quickly extract the heat from the refrigerant as it is condensed to a liquid. The refrigerant then moves through the expansion device (either a TXV or Orifice tube), which regulates the flow of refrigerant going to the evaporator. At this point the refrigerant expands back into a gas form and the entire process begins all over again.
What does a car air conditioner service consist of?
A typical air conditioner service may include
Validate that air vent temperature is correct
- Check condenser temperature
- Suction line temperature evaluation
- Drive belt and pulley adjustment
- Validate that thermostats and valves are operating correctly
- Clean the fins of the condenser
- Ensure adequate condition of of components and hoses
- Evacuation and recharge of refrigerant (where required)
- Leak test system lines and components with an electronic leak detector
Why do I need a car air conditioner system service?
By checking or changing the oil level in the refrigerant you protect the compressor and save it from seizing up. Should the air filters become obstructed with dirt and bacteria it will affect the performance of the entire system and it can even cause it to quit functioning altogether. Aside from reducing air conditioner efficiency, dirty air filters can cause all kinds of health problems too.
Your air conditioning System ought to be checked for problems yearly for any signs of decay of the connections, hoses and seals and ensure there is no leaking of refrigerant over time. Regular service of your car air conditioner keeps refrigerant at optimum levels meaning the system does not need to work as hard and this in turn protects the system from damage and reduces your overall fuel usage.
A vehicle air conditioner is designed to withdraw the heat from the air inside the car and relocate it to the outside, leaving only cooled or 'conditioned' air behind to be redistributed. This is achieved using a special compound called refrigerant, capable of readily absorbing heat as a gas and quickly losing heat as a liquid.
Although it functions similarly to a domestic refrigerator, there are still a few crucial differences. Seeing how it is mounted on your car, the air conditioner is subject to a colossal amount of movement and vibration as well as having to perform in an outdoor environment.
Being exposed to the elements and very stressful operating conditions and being expected to operate intermittently rather than being 'Always On' can cause failure of the connections, hoses and seals. An automotive air conditioner system should be inspected annually as well as gettin serviced at least every two years to ensure there are no problems or refrigerant loss due to failure or leakage from these points.
Simply by cooling the air in your car under normal running conditions, the filters of the air con get dirty. If the system is run infrequently, seals may dry and crack allowing them to leak and the air conditioning system can lose as much as 15% of its refrigerant in a single year. Even without leaks, the gas in a car air conditioning system will eventually degrade or evaporate over time and should be recharged regularly to keep the air con system in peak running condition.
Under Australian law, only qualified mechanics with the appropriate licences are able to service or repair car air conditioning systems, especially where regas (recharging of the refrigerant) is concerned. Strict guidelines and procedures must be adhered to when handling refrigerant, which must always be fully recovered and not allowed to escape into the atmosphere during servicing.
Refrigerant can also pose serious health risks if handled incorrectly. Specialist equipment is also required as the air conditioning system is under extreme pressure and must be pulled into a deep vacuum to remove any moisture, which can seriously damage the system.You can find out more about licensing on the Australian Refrigeration Council (ARC) Website.
The core of the evaporator can be the perfect breeding ground for microbes, bacteria and even fungus due to the damp conditions found there. This can lead to nasty smells and possibly even be bad for the health of any vehicle occupants. Although modern evaporator units may be more efficient, having more fins means they are often more likely to trap moisture allowing microorganism growth.
Automotive Instincts mechanics are able to use specialist ultrasonic technology to exterminate any micro-organisms possibly causing any unpleasant smells or health concerns.Just ask about our MIST service, which will kill any bacteria that may be lurking in your Car’s Air system. These bacteria can cause odours and even make you sick, especially if you have allergies or asthma. A MIST service doesn’t just make your car smell better - it makes it healthier for you and your family.
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