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Car Air Conditioning Service
Telarah Service Centre are the right choice to undertake all of your Automotive Air Conditioner inspections, repair or servicing in Telarah and the surrounding areas.
Todays vehicles are very complex and just like the engine, a car air conditioner has elements that need to be serviced or replaced on a regular basis.
Don’t Melt In Your Car
Send the heat packing. Your air conditioner system uses refrigerant to withdraw heat from the air in the vehicle and transfer it out of the vehicle, leaving only cooled or 'conditioned' air behind to be recirculated. It's therefore very important to undertake a check of the condition of the rubber seals for any signs of leaks or issues which could indicate 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 with a resulting increase in fuel consumed. Even new cars can lose as much as 20% of their refrigerant gas within two years of purchase.
To compensate for this happening 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.
Having your car's air conditioning serviced every 12 months means you can assist prevention of costly breakdowns now and in the future - and a well serviced Automotive Air Conditioner system actually saves you money because it lowers your fuel consumption.
You should send your car to a qualified workshop such as Telarah Service Centre (AU34316) on a regular basis to make sure the air conditioning system continues performing in optimum conditon as well as having the mechanics check the condition of the entire car.
Repco Authorised Car Service mechanics perform a 65 Point Vehicle Inspection report with every service and can give you a heads up about any items that may need renewal in the near future or those that are already damaged beyond repair.
Telarah Service Centre in Telarah are qualified to undertake air conditioning repairs, services and regas on most makes and models (AU34316).
Air Conditioning FAQ's
An automotive air conditioning system is composed of four basic parts - a compressor (Pump driven by the engine,) which compresses and circulates refrigerant gas, a radiator like unit known as a condenser to remove heat and condense gas to a liquid, an evaporator to remove heat from the car and remove moisture from refrigerant and an expansion device either an orifice tube or a thermal expansion valve (TXV), (dependent on the sort of air conditioner system used).
A car air conditioning system is designed to extract heat from the air in the interior area of the car and transfer it to the exterior, leaving only cooled or 'conditioned' air 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 does a car air conditioner service usually consist of?
A typical air conditioner service may include
Check air vent temperature
- ensure condenser temperature correct
- Suction line temperature check
- Drive belt and pulley adjusted
- Validate correct operation of valves and thermostats
- Check condenser fins are clean
- Check condition of of components and hoses
- Evacuation and recharge of refrigerant (where required)
- Electronically check system lines and components for leaks
Why do I need a car air conditioner system service?
To prevent the compressor seizing the oil level in the refrigerant must be checked or changed. Should the air filters become clogged with dirt and bacteria it will affect the performance of the entire system and it can even cause it to cease working altogether. As well as reducing air conditioner performance, dirty air filters can cause all kinds of health problems too.
Your vehicle air conditioning system ought to be examined once a year for any signs of problems with the seals, hoses and connections and confirm too much regfrigerant is not being lost 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 reduces fuel expenditure.
A car air conditioning system is designed to extract heat from the air in the interior area of the car then carry it to the exterior, leaving only cooled or 'conditioned' air 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 still a couple of significant differences. Being mounted on your car, the air conditioning unit is subjected to a tremendous amount of movement and vibration as well as operating in an outdoor environment.
Being exposed to the elements and very extreme operating conditions and being expected to run intermittently rather than being 'Always On' can cause issues with the seals, hoses and connections. Your air conditioner should be examined yearly in addition to 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 damp environment inside the evaporator core can promote the development of bacteria, microbes and even fungus growth. 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 an increased capability to trap moisture and allow for micro-organism development.
Telarah Service Centre mechanics have the capability to use specialist ultrasonic technology to ensure the removal of any micro-organisms that may be the source of 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.
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