Car Air Conditioning Service
Kambah Car Care are the best mechanics to undertake all of your Automotive Air Conditioning repairs, inspections and servicing in Kambah and the surrounding areas.
Todays vehicles are sometimes complex and just like the engine, your automotive air conditioning system has elements that need to be serviced or replaced on a regular basis.
Don’t Melt In Your Car
Send the heat packing. Car air conditioning uses refrigerant to remove heat from the air in the car then send it to the exterior, leaving only cooled or 'conditioned' air to be recirculated. It's therefore essential to assess the condition of the rubber seals for any signs of leaks or detoriation which may point to a loss of refrigerant.
Leaking refrigerant or low refrigerant due to evaporation means your air con system will begin to deteriorate and have to work harder raising your fuel consumption. Even new cars can lose as much as 20% of their refrigerant gas in the first two years.
To address this situation it is strongly recommended that the refrigerant in your Vehicle Air Conditioner is recharged completely within four years of the manufacture date and every two to three years after that.
By getting a Car air conditioning service every twelve months you can help protect against costly breakdowns now and in the future - and a well serviced Automotive Air Conditioner actually saves you money because it reduces the amount of fuel being used up.
You ought to send your vehicle to a qualified workshop such as Kambah Car Care on a regular basis to make sure the air conditioning system continues performing in top conditon as well as having the mechanics appraise the condition of the whole vehicle.
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 components that may need to be replaced in the near future or those that are already worn beyond repair.
Kambah Car Care in Kambah are qualified to take charge of 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 - a pump, driven by a belt and known as a compressor (to compress and ciculate refrigerant gas), a radiator like unit called a condenser to release heat and condense gas to a liquid, the evaporator (a type of heat exchanger) to take the heat from the car and remove moisture from refrigerant and an expansion device called a thermal expansion valve (TXV) or an orifice tube, (dependent on the sort of A/C system used).
An automotive air conditioner system is designed to extract excess heat from the air in the vehicle then send it out of the vehicle, 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 happens during a car air conditioning service?
A typical air conditioner service may include
Air vent temperature assessment
- Inspect condenser temperature
- Test suction line temperature
- Pulley and drive belt correction
- Ensure correct operation of valves and thermostats
- Confirm condenser fins are clean
- Check condition of of hoses and components
- Evacuation and recharge of refrigerant (where required)
- Use electronic leak detector to ensure no system lines and components leak
Why do I need a car air conditioner system service?
The oil level in the refrigerant passing through the compressor must be checked or changed to avoid it seizing up. If the air filters are choked with dirt and bacteria it will affect the performance of the entire system and it can even cause it to fail to operate completely. As well as inhibiting air conditioner performance, dirty air filters can cause all kinds of health problems too.
Your automotive air conditioning system must be checked for problems annually for any signs of decay of the hoses, connections and seals to ensure too much regfrigerant is not being lost 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 means less fuel is being used.
An automotive air conditioner system is designed to extract excess heat from the air in the vehicle and send it out of the vehicle, 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.
While it operates in a similar way to a domestic refrigerator, there are several crucial differences. Due to the fact it is mounted on your car, the air conditioning system is subjected to an epic amount of movement and vibration as well as having to operate outdoors.
Being exposed to the mercy of the elements and very extreme operating temperatures and being expected to operate occasionally rather than being 'Always On' can have a detrimental effect on the seals, hoses and connections A vehicle air conditioning system needs to be examined once a year and properly serviced every 24 months 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 become a breeding ground for microbes, bacteria and even fungus due to the damp environment. This can lead to nasty smells and possibly even be bad for the health of any vehicle occupants. Modern evaporator units may be more efficient but they are often more likely to trap moisture allowing microorganism growth.
Kambah Car Care mechanics can use specialised ultrasonic technology to actively target 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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