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Car Air Conditioning Service
The Auto Repair Shop - Narre Warren are your best choice to take care of all of your Automotive Air Conditioning repairs, servicing and inspections in Narre Warren and the surrounding areas.
Todays cars are extremely complex and just like the engine, the air conditioning system in your car should be serviced on a regular basis.
Don’t Melt In Your Car
Send the heat packing. An air conditioner system uses refrigerant to take the excess heat from the air within the passenger area of the car and relocate it out of the vehicle, leaving only cooled or 'conditioned' air to be redistributed. Therefore it should be considered critical that the rubber seals are examined for any signs of leaks or detoriation which could be a warning of a loss of refrigerant.
Reduction of refrigerant through leaks or evaporation means your air con system will begin to deteriorate and have to work harder meaning more fuel is getting used up. Even new cars can lose approximately 20% of their refrigerant gas in the first 2 years.
To allow for this situation it is strongly recommended that the refrigerant in your Automotive Air Conditioner is replenished completely within four years of the manufacture date and every two to three years after that.
By getting a Car air conditioning service every 12 months you often help protect the system against costly breakdowns now and in the future - and a well serviced Car Air Conditioning system actually saves you money because it results in a reduction of fuel being used up.
Your vehicle should be brought to a qualified workshop such as The Auto Repair Shop - Narre Warren on a regular basis to make sure the air conditioning system continues performing in optimum conditon as well as having the mechanics appraise the condition of the entire car.
Repco Authorised Car Service mechanics perform a 65 Point Vehicle Inspection report with every service and are able to give you a heads up about any items that may need renewing in the near future or those that are already worn beyond repair.
The Auto Repair Shop - Narre Warren in Narre Warren are qualified to undertake air conditioning repairs, services and regas on most makes and models (AU31979).
Air Conditioning FAQ's
A car air conditioner system can be classified into four basic parts - a belt driven pump known as a compressor to compress and circulate refrigerant gas, a radiator like unit called a condenser to redistribute heat and condense gas to a liquid, an evaporator to exhaust the heat from the car and dehumidify refrigerant and an expansion device called an orifice tube or a thermal expansion valve (TXV), (dependent on the sort of air conditioner system used).
Your car air conditioning system is designed to absorb heat from the air in the interior of the car and relocate it out of the vehicle, 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.
A typical air conditioner service may include
Ensure air vent temperature correct
- ensure condenser temperature ok
- Make sure suction line temperature is correct
- Check correct drive belt & pulley operation
- Validate correct operation of thermostats and valves
- Clean the condenser fins
- Assessment of hose and component condition
- Evacuation and recharge of refrigerant (where required)
- Use electronic leak detector to test system lines and components for leaks
To prevent the compressor seizing the oil level in the refrigerant must be checked or changed. Should the air filters be plugged with dirt and bacteria it will affect the performance of the entire system and it can even cause it to cease functioning completely. In addition to impacting air conditioner efficiency, dirty air filters can cause all kinds of health problems too.
Your automotive air conditioner should be examined once a year for any signs of decay of the seals, hoses and connections and ensure too much regfrigerant is not being lost over time. Regular service of your automotive 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 the amount of fuel being burned.
Your car air conditioning system is designed to absorb heat from the air in the interior of the car and transfer it out of the vehicle, 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 functions in a way similar to a domestic refrigerator, there are a few significant differences. Being mounted on your car, the air conditioning unit is subjected to a tremendous amount of movement and vibration as well as having to function outdoors.
Being exposed to the elements and very difficult operating conditions and being expected to function intermittently rather than being 'Always On' can cause failure of the connections, hoses and seals. An automotive air conditioning system needs to be checked yearly while being 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 moist environment inside the evaporator core can support the development of bacteria, microbes and even fungus growth. This can lead to nasty smells and possibly even be bad for the health of any vehicle occupants. Although modern evaporator units tend to be more efficient, the addition of extra fins leads to an increased ability to trap moisture, allowing micro-organism development.
The Auto Repair Shop - Narre Warren mechanics are able to use special ultrasonic technology to ensure elimination of any micro-organisms possibly causing any bad 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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