Car Air Conditioning Service
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Mortdale Automotive Services are your best choice to manage all of your Car Air Conditioning inspections, repair and servicing needs in Mortdale and the surrounding areas.
Mortdale Automotive Services care about the environment and have Arctick Authorisation to reliably and responsibly conduct automotive air conditioning service (AU38769) in and around Mortdale. Modern cars are extremely complex and just like the engine, a 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. A car air conditioner uses refrigerant to absorb the heat from the air inside the vehicle and relocate it to the outside, leaving only cooled or 'conditioned' air to be redistributed. It is therefore essential to examine the condition of the rubber seals for any signs of leaks or cracking which could be a sign of an ongoing loss of refrigerant.
Leaks or evaporation of this refrigerant means your air con system will begin to deteriorate and have to work harder meaning more fuel is getting used up. Even new cars can lose approximately twenty percent of their refrigerant gas within two years of purchase.
To compensate for this problem it is strongly recommended that the refrigerant in your Vehicle Air Conditioner system is refilled completely within four years of the manufacture date and every two to three years after that.
By getting a Car air conditioning service every 12 months, you help prevent costly breakdowns now and in the future and a well serviced Vehicle Air Conditioner actually saves you money because it reduces the amount of fuel being used up.
Your vehicle should be taken to a qualified workshop such as Mortdale Automotive Services on a regular basis to ensure the air conditioner system continues performing in optimum condition as well as having the mechanics assess 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 renewal in the near future or those that are already damaged beyond repair.
Mortdale Automotive Services in Mortdale are qualified to conduct air conditioning repairs, services and regas on most makes and models (AU38769).
Air Conditioning FAQ's
How does a Car Air Conditioner work so efficiently?
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 circulate refrigerant gas), the condenser to remove heat and condense gas to a liquid, an evaporator to withdraw heat from the car and dehumidify refrigerant which could be a thermal expansion valve (TXV) or an orifice tube (subject to the type of air conditioner system used).
Your air conditioner is designed to withdraw the heat from the air in the inside of the vehicle outside, leaving only cooled or 'conditioned' air to be redistributed. Hot air is passed across a gas filled evaporator and is easily absorbed by the refrigerant (in gas form), effectively removing the heat from the air in the car.
The now heated gas is pulled through the compressor where it is further heated (via compression). The next stage involves the refrigerant being forced through the condenser, allowing the cooler outside air to quickly extract the heat from the refrigerant. The refrigerant, now condensed to a liquid, 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
Air vent temperature inspection
- ensure condenser temperature correct
- Inspect suction line temperature
- Adjustments of drive belt and pulley
- Check correct operation of thermostats and valves
- Undertake cleaning the fins of the condenser
- Assess condition of of components and hoses
- Evacuation and recharge of refrigerant (where required)
- System line and component evaluation with electronic tester
Why do I need a car air conditioner system service?
The oil level in the refrigerant needs to checked & replenished to prevent the compressor from seizing up. Should the air filters become obstructed with dirt and bacteria it will affect the performance of the entire system and it can even cause it to fail to function altogether. Along with inhibiting air conditioner efficiency, dirty air filters can cause all kinds of health problems too.
Your automotive air conditioner ought to be inspected annually for any signs of problems with the hoses, connections and seals and ensure the refrigerant has not leaked over time. Regular service of your vehicle air conditioner system 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.
Why does the car air conditioner need to be recharged?
Your air conditioner is designed to withdraw the heat from the air in the inside of the vehicle outside, 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.Although it operates in a way like a domestic refrigerator, there are still several significant differences. Due to the fact it is mounted on your car, the air conditioner is subject to a prodigious amount of movement and vibration as well as having to function in an outdoor environment.
Being exposed to the elements and very stressful operating conditions and being expected to operate intermittently rather than being 'Always On' can cause issues with the connections, hoses and seals.. Your car air conditioner system ought to be examined yearly as well as getting 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, 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
Can I service my own Air Conditioner?
Only qualified mechanics with the appropriate training should attempt to service a car air conditioner. Specific licences are required to be able to service or repair some types of car air conditioning systems, especially where regas (recharging of the refrigerant) is concerned. Strict guidelines and procedures must be adhered to when handling certain refrigerants, 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.
What causes a bad smell in car air conditioning systems?
The core of the evaporator can become a breeding ground for microbes, bacteria and even fungus due to the moist 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 an increased capability to trap moisture and allow for micro-organism development.
Mortdale Automotive Services mechanics make use of specialised ultrasonic technology to ensure the removal of any micro-organisms that may be causing unpleasant odours 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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