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Car Air Conditioning Service
Port Kennedy Automotive Service can deal with all of your Automotive Air Conditioner repair, inspections and servicing in Port Kennedy and the surrounding areas.
Todays vehicles are very complex and just like the engine, your car air conditioner has components that need to be serviced or replaced on a regular basis.
Don’t Melt In Your Car
Send the heat packing. Car air conditioning systems use refrigerant to absorb the heat from the air in the inside of the vehicle and transfer it to the exterior, leaving only cooled or 'conditioned' air to be redistributed. It is therefore crucial that the rubber seals are evaluated for any signs of leaks or decay which could be a sign of a loss of refrigerant.
Loss of refrigerant from evaporation or leakage means your air con system will begin to deteriorate and have to work harder increasing the amount of fuel you use. Even new cars can lose around 20% of their refrigerant gas within 2 years of purchase.
To avoid this happening it is strongly recommended that the refrigerant in your Car Air Conditioner system is recharged completely within four years of the manufacture date and every two to three years after that.
Getting your car's air conditioning serviced annually means you often help prevent costly breakdowns now and in the future - and a well serviced Automotive Air Conditioner system actually saves you money because it reduces the amount of fuel being burned.
Your car should be brought to a qualified workshop such as Port Kennedy Automotive Service regularly to make sure the air conditioning system continues performing as it should as well as having the mechanics advise you on 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 give you a warning about any items that may need replacing in the near future or those that are already worn beyond repair.
Port Kennedy Automotive Service in Port Kennedy are qualified to undertake air conditioning repairs, services and regas on most makes and models (AU17305).
Air Conditioning FAQ's
A car air conditioning system is made up of of four basic parts - the compressor, a belt driven pump to compress and circulate 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 take the heat from the car and dehumidify refrigerant and an expansion device usually an orifice tube or a thermal expansion valve (TXV), (depending on the sort of air-con system used).
A vehicle air conditioning is designed to take the heat from the air within the interior of the car and transfer it out of the car, leaving only cooled or 'conditioned' air 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 done during a car air conditioner service?
A typical air conditioner service may include
Inspect air vent temperature
- Condenser temperature evaluation
- Inspect suction line temperature
- Pulley and drive belt adjusted
- Validate correct operation of valves and thermostats
- Ensure cleanliness of the fins of the condesner
- Assess condition of of hoses and components
- 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?
Avoiding compressor seizure is achieved by checking or changing the oil level in the refrigerant. If the air filters are obstructed with dirt and bacteria it will affect the performance of the entire system and it can even cause it to cease working altogether. Along with impacting air conditioner performance, dirty air filters can cause all kinds of health problems too.
Your vehicle air conditioner must be inspected annually for any signs of failure of the connections, hoses and seals to make sure there is no leaking of refrigerant 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 fuel consumption.
A vehicle air conditioning is designed to take the heat from the air within the interior of the car then expell it out of the car, leaving only cooled or 'conditioned' air 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 functions in a similar way to a domestic refrigerator, there are still some crucial differences. Due to the fact it is mounted on your car, the air conditioner is subject to an extensive amount of movement and vibration as well as having to operate outdoors.
Being exposed to the mercy of the elements and very harsh operating temperatures and being expected to operate occasionally rather than being 'Always On' can cause decay of the hoses, connections and seals. An air conditioning system must be inspected annually while being properly 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 core of the evaporator 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. Although 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.
Port Kennedy Automotive Service mechanics make use of specialised ultrasonic technology to actively target any micro-organisms that may be the source of unpleasant 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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