Car Air Conditioning Service
Temby Auto Service are qualified to undertake all of your Automotive Air Conditioning service, repair or inspections in Eltham and the surrounding areas.
Todays vehicles are quite complex and just like the engine, a vehicles air conditioning system 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 conditioner systems use refrigerant to extract heat from the air in the inside of the car then transfer it outside, leaving only cooled or 'conditioned' air behind to be redistributed. It's therefore very important to examine the condition of the rubber seals for any signs of leaks or cracking which could be contributing to a loss of refrigerant.
Low refrigerant due to leaks or evaporation means your air con system will begin to deteriorate and have to work harder which means you burn more fuel. Even new cars can lose as much as 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 Automotive 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 once a year means you can assist protection from costly breakdowns now and in the future - and a well serviced Vehicle Air Conditioner system actually saves you money because it expends less fuel.
You ought to send your vehicle to a qualified workshop such as Temby Auto Service (AU06087) regularly to make sure the air conditioning system continues performing in top conditon as well as having the mechanics review 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 components that may need renewal in the near future or those that are already worn beyond repair.
Temby Auto Service in Eltham are qualified to undertake air conditioning repairs, services and regas on most makes and models (AU06087).
Air Conditioning FAQ's
A car air conditioning system could be seen as having four basic parts - the compressor, a belt driven pump to compress and circulate gas, the condenser to dissipate heat and condense gas to a liquid, the evaporator (a type of heat exchanger) to extract heat from the car and remove moisture from refrigerant and an expansion device called an orifice tube or a thermal expansion valve (TXV), (subject to the kind of air conditioner system used).
An automotive air conditioner is designed to remove the heat from the air within the interior area of the car then transfer it out of the car, leaving only cooled or 'conditioned' air behind 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 included in a car air conditioning service?
A typical air conditioner service may include
Confirm air vent temperature is correct
- Test condenser temperature
- Confirm suction line temperature ok
- Ensure correct drive belt & pulley operation
- Check correct operation of valves and thermostats
- Undertake cleaning of the condenser fins
- Assessment of component and hose condition
- Evacuation and recharge of refrigerant (where required)
- Check system lines and components for leaks
Why do I need a car air conditioner system service?
Seizure of the compressor can be avoided by checking or changing the oil level in the refrigerant. If the air filters are choked with dirt and bacteria it will affect the performance of the entire system and it can even cause it to break down completely. Aside from inhibiting air conditioner performance, dirty air filters can cause all kinds of health problems too.
An air conditioner needs to be checked for problems yearly for any signs of issues with the connections, hoses and seals to ensure refrigerant levels have not diminished over time. Regular service of 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 reduces the amount of fuel being used up.
An automotive air conditioner is designed to remove the heat from the air within the interior area of the car then move it out of the car, leaving only cooled or 'conditioned' air behind 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 similarly to a domestic refrigerator, there are still several crucial differences. Being mounted on your car, the air conditioner is subject to a large amount of movement and vibration in addition to having to perform in an outdoor environment.
Being exposed to the mercy of the elements and very difficult operating conditions and being operated occasionally rather than being 'Always On' can have a detrimental effect on the seals, hoses and connections A vehicle air conditioner needs to be examined yearly as well as 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 moist environment can promote the development of bacteria, microbes 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. 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.
Temby Auto Service mechanics can use specialised ultrasonic technology to eliminate any micro-organisms that may cause 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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