Car Air Conditioning Service
Car Service Lakeside are the right choice to undertake all of your Car Air Conditioning servicing, repair or inspections in Warners Bay and the surrounding areas.
Modern cars are complex and just like the engine, your vehicles air conditioner system has components that need to be serviced or replaced on a regular basis.
Don’t Melt In Your Car
Send the heat packing. Your car air conditioning system uses refrigerant to remove the heat from the air in the vehicle and transfer it out of the vehicle, leaving only cooled or 'conditioned' air to be redistributed. Therefore it should be considered essential that the rubber seals are appraised for any signs of leaks or cracks which may be an indication of refrigerant loss.
Reduced levels of refrigerant from leaks or evaporation mean your air con system will begin to deteriorate and have to work harder meaning you are using even more fuel. Even new cars can lose around twenty percent of their refrigerant gas within two years of purchase.
To run in optimum condition 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.
Getting your car's air conditioning serviced every 12 months means you often help prevent costly breakdowns now and in the future - and a well serviced Car Air Conditioner actually saves you money because it results in a reduction of fuel usage.
You should take your vehicle to a qualified workshop such as Car Service Lakeside on a regular basis to make sure the air conditioning system continues performing correctly as well as having the mechanics evaluate the condition of the entire car.
Repco Authorised Car Service mechanics perform a 65 point safety check with every service and are often able to alert you to any items that may need to be renewed in the near future or those that are already worn beyond repair.
Car Service Lakeside in Warners Bay are qualified to manage air conditioning repairs, services and regas on most makes and models.
Air Conditioning FAQ's
An automotive air conditioning system can be broken down to four basic parts - a pump, driven by a belt, called a compressor (to compress and ciculate refrigerant gas), a radiator like unit called a condenser to remove heat and condense gas to a liquid, an evaporator to take the heat from the car and remove moisture from refrigerant and an expansion device which could be a thermal expansion valve (TXV) or an orifice tube, (depending on the type of A/C system used).
A car air conditioning is designed to extract the heat from the air within the interior of the car and transfer it outside, 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
Check air vent temperature
- condenser temperature check
- Assess suction line temperature
- Pulley and drive belt adjustment
- Ensure that thermostats and valves are operating correctly
- Clean the fins of the condenser
- Ensure good 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?
The compressor needs the right amount of oil in the refrigerant to prevent it from seizing up. Should the air filters get plugged with dirt and bacteria it will affect the performance of the entire system and it can even cause it to fail to function completely. As well as impacting air conditioner efficiency, dirty air filters can cause all kinds of health problems too.
Your car air conditioner system ought to be checked for problems once a year for any signs of problems with the connections, seals and hoses to ensure the refrigerant has not leaked 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 minimises fuel expenditure.
A car air conditioning is designed to extract the heat from the air within the interior of the car and expell it outside, 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 carries out its task similarly to a domestic refrigerator, there are several significant differences. Seeing how it is mounted on your car, the air conditioner is subjected to a vast amount of movement and vibration as well as operating outdoors.
Being exposed to the elements and very harsh operating conditions and being expected to run intermittently rather than being 'Always On' can cause decay of the connections, hoses and seals. Your car air conditioning system needs to be checked once a year in addition to being properly serviced at least 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 be the perfect breeding ground for microbes, bacteria and even fungus due to the moist conditions found there. 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, the addition of extra fins leads to an increased ability to trap moisture, allowing micro-organism development.
Car Service Lakeside mechanics employ specialised ultrasonic technology to ensure the destruction of any micro-organisms that may be causing 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.