Car Air Conditioning Service
South East Car Care are certified to deal with all of your Vehicle Air Conditioner inspections, repair and servicing in Sorell and the surrounding areas.
These days cars are often complex and just like the engine, your vehicles 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. An air conditioner uses refrigerant to take the excess heat from the air within the interior area of the vehicle then transfer it outside, leaving only cooled or 'conditioned' air behind to be redistributed. It's therefore essential to make a careful examination of the condition of the rubber seals for any signs of leaks or cracks which could point to a loss of refrigerant.
Leaks and evaporation may reduce the refrigerant levels over time meaning your air con system will begin to deteriorate and have to work harder with a resulting increase in fuel expenditure. Even new cars can lose approximately 20% of their refrigerant gas in the first 2 years.
To compensate for 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 once a year you help protect the air con from costly breakdowns now and in the future - and a well serviced Car Air Conditioner system actually saves you money because it reduces fuel consumption.
You should bring your car to a qualified workshop such as South East Car Care regularly to make sure the air conditioning system continues performing as it should as well as having the mechanics check out the condition of the whole vehicle.
Repco Authorised Car Service mechanics perform a 65 Point Vehicle Inspection report with every service and are usually able to alert you to any items that may need renewal in the near future or those that are already damaged beyond repair.
South East Car Care in Sorell can arrange air conditioning repairs, services and regas by a qualified technician on most makes and models of vehicle.
Air Conditioning FAQ's
An automotive air conditioning system can be broken down to 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 release heat and condense gas to a liquid, a heat exchanger called an evaporator to exhaust the heat from the car and dehumidify refrigerant and an expansion device usually a thermal expansion valve (TXV) or an orifice tube, (subject to the type of a/c system used).
A car air conditioning is designed to remove the heat from the air in the interior of the vehicle then transfer it to the outside, 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 is involved in a car air conditioning service?
A typical air conditioner service may include
Check air vent temperature is correct
- Condenser temperature evaluation
- Suction line temperature test
- Corrections of drive belt and pulley
- Operational check of valves and thermostats
- Confirm condenser fins are free of dirt or debris
- Inspect condition of of components and hoses
- Evacuation and recharge of refrigerant (where required)
- Use electronic leak detector to asses system lines and components for leaks
Why do I need a car air conditioner system service?
Compressor Seizure can be prevented by checking or changing the oil level in the refrigerant. 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 quit operating altogether. On top of reducing air conditioner efficiency, dirty air filters can cause all kinds of health problems too.
A vehicle air conditioning system should be inspected annually for any signs of failure of the seals, hoses and connections to make sure too much regfrigerant is not being lost over time. Regularly servicing your auto 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 lowers your fuel consumption.
A car air conditioning is designed to remove the heat from the air in the interior of the vehicle and carry it to the outside, 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.
Although it carries out its task much like a domestic refrigerator, there are still a couple of crucial differences. Being mounted on your car, the air conditioner is subjected to a prodigious amount of movement and vibration as well as having to operate outdoors.
Being exposed to the elements and very stressful operating temperatures and being run intermittently rather than being 'Always On' can cause failure of the connections, seals and hoses. A car air conditioner system ought to be examined annually and 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 moist environment can support the development of microbes, bacteria 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. Although modern evaporator units tend to be more efficient, they have an increased capability to trap moisture and allow for micro-organism development.
South East Car Care mechanics will use specialised ultrasonic technology to ensure the extermination 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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