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Car Air Conditioning Service
West Car Clinic are able to perform all of your Automotive Air Conditioning repair, servicing or inspections in Ridgehaven and the surrounding areas.
Modern cars are extremely complex and just like the engine, servicing your car's air conditioner regularly is very important.
Don’t Melt In Your Car
Send the heat packing. Your car air conditioner system uses refrigerant to take the heat from the air in the interior area of the vehicle then relocate it outside, 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 fractures which could indicate a continuing loss of refrigerant.
Leaks or evaporation of this refrigerant means your air con system will begin to deteriorate and have to work harder with a resulting increase in fuel being burned. Even new cars can lose as much as 20% of their refrigerant gas within 2 years of purchase.
To compensate for this situation it is strongly recommended that the refrigerant in your Automotive Air Conditioner system 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 twelve months you often assist prevention of costly breakdowns now and in the future - and a well serviced Automotive Air Conditioner actually saves you money because it results in a reduction of fuel being burned.
Your vehicle ought to be taken to a qualified workshop such as West Car Clinic regularly to ensure the air conditioner system continues performing at its best 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 are often able to warn you about any items that may need replacement in the near future or those that are already damaged beyond repair.
West Car Clinic in Ridgehaven are qualified to perform air conditioning repairs, services and regas on most makes and models (AU07605).
Air Conditioning FAQ's
A car air conditioning system is composed of four basic parts - a pump, driven by a belt and known as a compressor (to compress and ciculate refrigerant gas), a condenser, which behaves similarly to a radiator to redistribute 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 either an orifice tube or a thermal expansion valve (TXV), (dependent on the kind of A/C system used).
A car air conditioner system is designed to remove the heat from the air within the interior area of the vehicle then relocate it out of the car, 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 makes up a car air conditioner service?
A typical air conditioner service may include
Air vent temperature inspection
- Check condenser temperature correct
- Check suction line temperature is correct
- Pulley and drive belt adjustment
- Operational check of thermostats and valves
- Cleaning the condenser fins
- Assessment of hose and component condition
- Evacuation and recharge of refrigerant (where required)
- System line and component assesment with electronic tester
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 avoid it seizing up. Should the air filters be obstructed with dirt and bacteria it will affect the performance of the entire system and it can even cause it to cease functioning completely. On top of impacting air conditioner efficiency, dirty air filters can cause all kinds of health problems too.
An automotive air conditioner system needs to be examined once a year for any signs of failure of the seals, hoses and connections to ensure there is no reduction of refrigerant over time. Regular service of your car air conditioning system 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 expenditure.
A car air conditioner system is designed to remove the heat from the air within the interior area of the vehicle and sending it out of the car, 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 carries out its task similarly to a domestic refrigerator, there are several crucial differences. Seeing as it is mounted on your car, the air conditioner is subject to an enormous amount of movement and vibration as well as functioning outdoors.
Being exposed to the elements and very stressful operating conditions and being expected to operate intermittently rather than being 'Always On' can cause problems on the seals, hoses and connections An automotive air conditioner system ought to be checked yearly as well as being properly 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 moist 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. While modern evaporator units tend to be more efficient, they have an increased capability to trap moisture and allow for micro-organism development.
West Car Clinic mechanics make use of specialist ultrasonic technology to eradicate any micro-organisms that may be the source of unpleasant 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.
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