Car Air Conditioning Service
South Lake Automotive can arrange Vehicle Air Conditioner repairs, inspections or servicing in South Lake and the surrounding areas.
Todays vehicles are quite complex and just like the engine, your car's air conditioning system needs a regular service.
Don’t Melt In Your Car
Send the heat packing. Your car air conditioning uses refrigerant to pull heat from the air within the interior of the vehicle and expell it to the exterior, leaving only cooled or 'conditioned' air to be redistributed. It is critical that the rubber seals are assessed for any signs of leaks or cracking which may be a sign of refrigerant loss.
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 consumption. Even new cars can lose as much as 20% of their refrigerant gas in the first 2 years.
To perform in optimum condition it is strongly recommended that the refrigerant in your Car Air Conditioning system is refilled completely within four years of the manufacture date and every two to three years after that.
A car air conditioning service once a year means you can help protect against costly breakdowns now and in the future - and a well serviced Vehicle Air Conditioning system actually saves you money because it results in a reduction of fuel consumed.
You should bring your vehicle to a qualified workshop such as South Lake Automotive on a regular basis to make sure the air conditioning system continues performing as it should as well as having the mechanics check 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 warning about any items that may need replacing in the near future or those that are already damaged beyond repair.
South Lake Automotive in South Lake can arrange air conditioning repairs, services and regas on most makes and models.
Air Conditioning FAQ's
An automotive air conditioning system contains 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 dissipate heat and condense gas to a liquid, a heat exchanger called an evaporator to remove 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 air-con system used).
Your air conditioner system is designed to remove heat from the air in the interior area of the vehicle and expell it to the outside, 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 does a car air conditioner service usually consist of?
A typical air conditioner service may include
Make sure air vent temperature is correct
- Condenser temperature inspection
- Suction line temperature evaluation
- Drive belt and pulley correction
- Check correct operation of thermostats and valves
- Ensure cleanliness of the condenser fins
- Check condition of of hoses and components
- Evacuation and recharge of refrigerant (where required)
- Use electronic leak detector to inspect system lines and components for leaks
Why do I need a car air conditioner system service?
Seizing of the compressor can be avoided by checking or changing the oil level in the refrigerant. If the air filters become plugged with dirt and bacteria it will affect the performance of the entire system and it can even cause it to quit working altogether. As well as inhibiting air conditioner performance, dirty air filters can cause all kinds of health problems too.
Your vehicle air conditioning system must be inspected annually for any signs of decay of the connections, hoses and seals to make sure too much regfrigerant is not being lost over time. Regular service of your automotive air con 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 you burn.
Your air conditioner system is designed to remove heat from the air in the interior area of the vehicle and send it to the outside, 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 similarly to a domestic refrigerator, there are still a number of crucial differences. Being mounted on your car, the air conditioner is subjected to an epic amount of movement and vibration as well as performing in an outdoor environment.
Being exposed to the elements and very intense operating temperatures and being used occasionally rather than being 'Always On' can cause breakdown of the seals, hoses and connections. An automotive air conditioning system must be examined once a year in addition to 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 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. Modern evaporator units may be more efficient but they are often more likely to trap moisture allowing microorganism growth.
South Lake Automotive mechanics have the capability to use specialised ultrasonic technology to deal with 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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