Car Air Conditioning Service
Warragul Automotive are your best choice to undertake all of your Car Air Conditioner inspections, repair or servicing in Warragul and the surrounding areas.
Modern vehicles are very complex and just like the engine, a car air conditioner has elements 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 withdraw heat from the air within the interior area of the car and relocate it to the exterior, leaving only cooled or 'conditioned' air to be redistributed. It's therefore essential that the rubber seals are checked for any signs of leaks or cracks which may be an indication of refrigerant loss.
Refrigerant can leak or evaporate over time meaning your air con system will begin to deteriorate and have to work harder raising the amount of fuel you burn. Even new cars can lose as much as twenty percent of their refrigerant gas within two years of purchase.
To compensate for this problem 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 help prevent costly breakdowns now and in the future - and a well serviced Automotive Air Conditioner system actually saves you money because it reduces the amount of fuel you burn.
You should take your car to a qualified workshop such as Warragul Automotive on a regular basis to ensure the air conditioner system continues performing correctly as well as having the mechanics go over the condition of the entire car.
Repco Authorised Car Service mechanics perform a 65 point safety check with every service and are able to give you a warning about any items that may need renewing in the near future or those that are already damaged beyond repair.
Warragul Automotive in Warragul are qualified to undertake air conditioning repairs, services and regas on most makes and models.
Air Conditioning FAQ's
A car air conditioning system can be classified into four basic parts - a compressor (Pump driven by the engine,) which compresses and circulates refrigerant gas, a radiator like unit called a condenser to remove heat and condense gas to a liquid, a heat exchanger called an evaporator to withdraw heat from the car and remove moisture from refrigerant and an expansion device usually a thermal expansion valve (TXV) or an orifice tube, (subject to the kind of a/c system used).
Your car air conditioner is designed to extract excess heat from the air within the interior area of the vehicle and relocate it to the exterior, leaving only cooled or 'conditioned' air 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 conditioning service involve?
A typical air conditioner service may include
Assess air vent temperature
- Make sure condenser temperature is correct
- Assess suction line temperature
- Validate correct drive belt & pulley operation
- Ensure that valves and thermostats are operating correctly
- Clean the condenser fins
- Confirm adequate condition of 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?
Compressor seizure can be avoided by checking or changing the oil level in the refrigerant. Air filters obstructed with dirt and bacteria it will affect the performance of the entire system and it can even cause it to fail to work completely. Aside from impacting air conditioner efficiency, dirty air filters can cause all kinds of health problems too.
A car air conditioner ought to be examined yearly for any signs of problems with the hoses, connections and seals and ensure refrigerant is not being lost over time. Regularly servicing 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 reduces fuel usage.
Your car air conditioner is designed to extract excess heat from the air within the interior area of the vehicle and send it to the exterior, leaving only cooled or 'conditioned' air 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 carries out its task in a similar way to a domestic refrigerator, there are still a number of significant differences. Being fixed to your car, the air conditioner unit is subject to an astronomical amount of movement and vibration in addition to having to function outdoors.
Being exposed to the mercy of the elements and very harsh operating temperatures and being in use intermittently rather than being 'Always On' can cause problems on the seals, hoses and connections A vehicle air conditioning system must be checked once a year as well as being fully 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 inside the evaporator core can support the development of microbes, bacteria and even fungus growth. This can lead to nasty smells and possibly even be bad for the health of any vehicle occupants. Modern evaporator units tend to be more efficient, but more fins equals increased capability to trap moisture and allow for micro-organism development.
Warragul Automotive mechanics will use specialist ultrasonic technology to take care of any micro-organisms that may be the source of bad odours 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.