Car Air Conditioning Service
Carrington Street Auto Repairs are the smart choice to perform all of your Car Air Conditioning inspections, repairs and servicing in Adelaide and the surrounding areas.
Modern cars are very complex and just like the engine, your vehicles 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. Automotive air conditioning uses refrigerant to remove heat from the air in the inside of the car then transfer it out of the car, leaving only cooled or 'conditioned' air behind to be recirculated. It is crucial to inspect the condition of the rubber seals for any signs of leaks or problems which could be a sign of a loss of refrigerant.
Reduction of refrigerant through leaks or evaporation means your air con system will begin to deteriorate and have to work harder raising the amount of fuel you use. Even new cars can lose as much as twenty percent of their refrigerant gas in the first 2 years.
To allow for this it is strongly recommended that the refrigerant in your Automotive Air Conditioning system is refilled completely within four years of the manufacture date and every two to three years after that.
Having your car's air conditioning serviced every 12 months means you can help prevent costly breakdowns now and in the future - and a well serviced Vehicle Air Conditioner system actually saves you money because it results in a reduction of fuel consumed.
Your car should be brought to a qualified workshop such as Carrington Street Auto Repairs on a regular basis to make sure the air conditioning system continues performing correctly as well as having the mechanics inspect 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 give you a warning about any items that may need renewal in the near future or those that are already worn beyond repair.
Carrington Street Auto Repairs in Adelaide are qualified to perform air conditioning repairs, services and regas on most makes and models.
Air Conditioning FAQ's
A car air conditioner system contains four basic parts - a belt driven pump called a compressor to compress and circulate gas, a condenser, which behaves similarly to a radiator to release 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 known as an orifice tube or a thermal expansion valve (TXV), (depending on the type of air-con system used).
Your car air conditioning system is designed to extract excess heat from the air in the inside of the vehicle then transfer 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 takes place in a a car air conditioner service?
A typical air conditioner service may include
Assess air vent temperature
- ensure condenser temperature ok
- Suction line temperature evaluation
- Check correct drive belt & pulley operation
- Validate correct operation of valves and thermostats
- Ensure cleanliness of the fins of the condesner
- Inspect condition of of hoses and components
- Evacuation and recharge of refrigerant (where required)
- System line and component check with electronic tester
Why do I need a car air conditioner system service?
Checking or changing the oil level in the refrigerant passing through the compressor can help avoid it seizing up. Air filters obstructed with dirt and bacteria it will affect the performance of the entire system and it can even cause it to quit functioning altogether. Along with degrading air conditioner performance, dirty air filters can cause all kinds of health problems too.
An automotive air conditioner system should be inspected annually for any signs of problems with the seals, hoses and connections to make sure there is no loss of refrigerant over time. Regular service of your car 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 fuel consumption.
Your car air conditioning system is designed to extract excess heat from the air in the inside of the vehicle 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.
Even though it functions in a way similar to a domestic refrigerator, there are various significant differences. Because it is mounted on your car, the air conditioning system is subject to a large amount of movement and vibration in addition to functioning outdoors.
Being exposed to the elements and very extreme operating conditions and being operated occasionally rather than being 'Always On' can cause problems on the hoses, connections and seals. Your automotive air conditioner must be checked yearly as well as 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 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. Although modern evaporator units may be more efficient, having more fins means they are often more likely to trap moisture allowing microorganism growth.
Carrington Street Auto Repairs mechanics are able to use specialised ultrasonic technology to get rid of any micro-organisms that may cause 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.