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Car Air Conditioning Service
Approved Automotive Services are the wise choice to carry out all of your Automotive Air Conditioner service, repair or inspections in Newton and the surrounding areas.
Modern cars are very complex and just like the engine, your vehicles 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. An air conditioner system uses refrigerant to extract heat from the air inside the car then move it out of the vehicle, leaving only cooled or 'conditioned' air to be recirculated. Therefore it should be considered essential that the rubber seals are assessed for any signs of leaks or fractures which could be a sign of a loss of refrigerant.
As refrigerant levels decrease from evaporation or leaks 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 around twenty percent of their refrigerant gas in the first two years.
To allow for this issue it is strongly recommended that the refrigerant in your Automotive Air Conditioning system is replenished completely within four years of the manufacture date and every two to three years after that.
Having your car's air conditioning serviced annually means you may help prevent costly breakdowns now and in the future - and a well serviced Car Air Conditioner system actually saves you money because it reduces your overall fuel usage.
You should bring your car to a qualified workshop such as Approved Automotive Services regularly to make sure the air conditioning system continues performing as it should as well as having the mechanics check the condition of the entire car.
Repco Authorised Car Service mechanics perform a 65 Point Vehicle Inspection report with every service and are often able to alert you to any components that may need renewing in the near future or those that are already damaged beyond repair.
Approved Automotive Services in Newton are qualified to undertake air conditioning repairs, services and regas on most makes and models (AU23772).
Air Conditioning FAQ's
A car air conditioning system can be broken down to four basic parts - the compressor, a belt driven pump to compress and circulate gas, a radiator like unit known as a condenser to remove heat and condense gas to a liquid, an evaporator to remove heat from the car and dehumidify refrigerant and an expansion device known as an orifice tube or a thermal expansion valve (TXV), (depending on the kind of air-con system used).
A car air conditioner is designed to extract excess heat from the air in the vehicle then move it to the exterior, leaving only cooled or 'conditioned' air behind 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 happens during a car air conditioning service?
A typical air conditioner service may include
Inspect air vent temperature
- Condenser temperature assessment
- Ensure suction line temperature correct
- Pulley and drive belt adjustment
- Confirm correct operation of valves and thermostats
- Ensure cleanliness of the condenser fins
- Confirm good condition of of components and hoses
- Evacuation and recharge of refrigerant (where required)
- Leak test system lines and components with an electronic leak detector
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 save it from seizing up. If the air filters are jammed 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 reducing air conditioner efficiency, dirty air filters can cause all kinds of health problems too.
Your car air conditioner should be checked for problems annually for any signs of issues with the seals, hoses and connections and ensure refrigerant levels have not diminished over time. Regularly servicing your automotive 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 means less fuel is being expended.
A car air conditioner is designed to extract excess heat from the air in the vehicle then expell it to the exterior, leaving only cooled or 'conditioned' air behind 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.
While it operates in a way like a domestic refrigerator, there are various significant differences. Seeing how it is mounted on your car, the air conditioning system is subjected to a tremendous amount of movement and vibration as well as having to operate in an outdoor environment.
Being exposed to the elements and very extreme operating conditions and being expected to function intermittently rather than being 'Always On' can have a detrimental effect on the connections, seals and hoses. A car air conditioning system needs to be checked once a year as well as being 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 damp environment inside the evaporator core can promote 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. While modern evaporator units tend to be more efficient they have more fins, meaning an increased capability to trap moisture and allow for micro-organism development.
Approved Automotive Services mechanics have access to special ultrasonic technology to ensure the destruction of any micro-organisms possibly causing any 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.
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