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Car Air Conditioning Service
Fleurieu Automotive are licensed to conduct all of your Car Air Conditioner inspections, repairs and servicing in Victor Harbor and the surrounding areas.
Todays cars are sometimes complex and just like the engine, a vehicles air conditioner 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 withdraw the heat from the air inside the car and exhaust it out of the car, leaving only cooled or 'conditioned' air behind to be recirculated. It's therefore very important to make a careful examination of the condition of the rubber seals for any signs of leaks or cracking which could be an indication of 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 usage. Even new cars can lose around twenty percent of their refrigerant gas within two years of purchase.
To run most efficiently it is strongly recommended that the refrigerant in your Automotive Air Conditioner system is refilled completely within four years of the manufacture date and every two to three years after that.
A car air conditioning service every twelve months means you assist in preventing costly breakdowns now and in the future - and a well serviced Car Air Conditioning system actually saves you money because it results in a reduction of fuel usage.
You should send your vehicle to a qualified workshop such as Fleurieu Automotive (AU23701) regularly to make sure the air conditioning system continues performing correctly as well as having the mechanics evaluate 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 renewing in the near future or those that are already damaged beyond repair.
Fleurieu Automotive in Victor Harbor are qualified to perform air conditioning repairs, services and regas on most makes and models (AU23701).
Air Conditioning FAQ's
An automotive air conditioning system can be classified into four basic parts - a pump, driven by a belt and called a compressor (to compress and ciculate gas), a condenser, which behaves similarly to a radiator to dissipate heat and condense gas to a liquid, the evaporator (a type of heat exchanger) to withdraw heat from the car and dehumidify refrigerant and an expansion device called a thermal expansion valve (TXV) or an orifice tube, (dependent on the kind of A/C system used).
An automotive air conditioner is designed to remove heat from the air inside the car and exhaust it out of the vehicle, leaving only cooled or 'conditioned' air behind 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 is included in a car air conditioning service?
A typical air conditioner service may include
Inspect air vent temperature
- Check condenser temperature ok
- Check suction line temperature
- Drive belt and pulley correction
- Check that thermostats and valves are operating correctly
- Cleaning the fins of the condesner
- Assess condition of of components and hoses
- Evacuation and recharge of refrigerant (where required)
- Test system lines and components for leaks 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 avoid it seizing up. Should the air filters get jammed with dirt and bacteria it will affect the performance of the entire system and it can even cause it to quit working completely. Aside from impacting air conditioner efficiency, dirty air filters can cause all kinds of health problems too.
A vehicle air conditioning system should be checked for problems yearly for any signs of breakdown of the connections, hoses and seals and ensure refrigerant levels are being maintained over time. Regularly servicing your vehicle air con sysytem 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 the fuel being used.
An automotive air conditioner is designed to remove heat from the air inside the car then exhaust it out of the vehicle, leaving only cooled or 'conditioned' air behind 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 functions similarly to a domestic refrigerator, there are still various significant differences. As it is mounted on your car, the air conditioner is subjected to a prodigious amount of movement and vibration as well as having to perform in an outdoor environment.
Being exposed to the mercy of the elements and very intense operating temperatures and being expected to function occasionally rather than being 'Always On' can cause breakdown of the hoses, connections and seals. Your automotive air conditioner system needs to be examined annually in addition to being 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 evaporator core 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. 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.
Fleurieu Automotive mechanics will use specialist 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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