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Car Air Conditioning Service
Airport West Service Centre are the logical choice to take charge of all of your Vehicle Air Conditioner repairs, inspections or servicing in Airport West and the surrounding areas.
Todays vehicles are sometimes complex and just like the engine, your car air conditioner has components that need to be serviced or replaced on a regular basis.
Don’t Melt In Your Car
Send the heat packing. A car air conditioning system uses refrigerant to extract the heat from the air within the passenger area of the car then exhaust it to the outside, leaving only cooled or 'conditioned' air to be redistributed. It should be considered critical to appraise the condition of the rubber seals for any signs of leaks or decay which could be a warning of a loss of refrigerant.
Evaporation occurring naturally over time or leaks may reduce refrigerant pressure meaning your air con system will begin to deteriorate and have to work harder meaning you are using even more fuel. Even new cars can lose approximately twenty percent of their refrigerant gas within 2 years of purchase.
To avoid this situation it is strongly recommended that the refrigerant in your Car Air Conditioner system is replenished completely within four years of the manufacture date and every two to three years after that.
A car air conditioning service every 12 months means you can help prevent costly breakdowns now and in the future - and a well serviced Vehicle Air Conditioner actually saves you money because it minimises fuel consumption.
You should drop off your vehicle to a qualified workshop such as Airport West Service Centre on a regular basis to ensure the air conditioner system continues performing in optimum conditon as well as having the mechanics review the condition of the whole vehicle.
Repco Authorised Car Service mechanics perform a 65 Point Vehicle Inspection report with every service and are usually able to give you a warning about any components that may need to be replaced in the near future or those that are already damaged beyond repair.
Airport West Service Centre in Airport West are qualified to carry out air conditioning repairs, services and regas on most makes and models.
Air Conditioning FAQ's
An automotive air conditioning system could be seen as having four basic parts - a belt driven pump called a compressor to compress and circulate refrigerant gas, a radiator like unit called a condenser (dissipates heat and condense gas to a liquid), an evaporator to exhaust the heat from the car and remove moisture from refrigerant and an expansion device usually an orifice tube or a thermal expansion valve (TXV), (subject to the sort of air conditioner system used).
Your car air conditioning system is designed to remove excess heat from the air in the interior of the vehicle then exhaust it to the outside, leaving only cooled or 'conditioned' air to be recirculated. 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 conditioning service consist of?
A typical air conditioner service may include
Check air vent temperature is correct
- Check condenser temperature is correct
- Ensure suction line temperature ok
- Adjust drive belt and pulley
- Ensure that thermostats and valves are operating correctly
- Cleaning the condenser fins
- Inspection of hoses and components
- Evacuation and recharge of refrigerant (where required)
- Check system lines and components for leaks with an electronic leak detector
Why do I need a car air conditioner system service?
Checking or changing the oil level in the refrigerant can prevent the compressor 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 fail to operate altogether. In addition to reducing air conditioner efficiency, dirty air filters can cause all kinds of health problems too.
An air conditioner should be checked for problems once a year for any signs of issues with the seals, hoses and connections and confirm refrigerant pressure is being maintained over time. Regular service of your vehicle 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 minimises fuel consumption.
Your car air conditioning system is designed to remove excess heat from the air in the interior of the vehicle then transfer it to the outside, leaving only cooled or 'conditioned' air to be recirculated. 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 in a way like a domestic refrigerator, there are a number of significant differences. Seeing as it is mounted on your car, the air conditioning system is subjected to an astronomical amount of movement and vibration in addition to functioning in an outdoor environment.
Being exposed to the elements and very harsh operating conditions and being run occasionally rather than being 'Always On' can cause failure of the connections, seals and hoses. A car air conditioner system needs to be examined annually and serviced 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 damp environment can support the development of bacteria, microbes and even fungus growth inside the evaporator core. This can lead to nasty smells and possibly even be bad for the health of any vehicle occupants. Newer type evaporator units tend to be more efficient, yet have increased capability to trap moisture and allow for micro-organism development.
Airport West Service Centre mechanics are able to use specialist ultrasonic technology to destroy any micro-organisms that may be the source of unpleasant smells or health issues.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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