Car Air Conditioning Service
Belmore Auto Pit are the wise choice to undertake all of your Vehicle Air Conditioning inspections, repair or servicing in Narwee and the surrounding areas.
Todays cars are very complex and just like the engine, a typical car air conditioning system has elements that need to be serviced or replaced on a regular basis.
Don’t Melt In Your Car
Send the heat packing. Your car air conditioning system uses refrigerant to remove the excess heat from the air inside the car and move it out of the car, leaving only cooled or 'conditioned' air to be recirculated. Therefore it should be considered crucial to carry out an appraisal of the condition of the rubber seals for any signs of leaks or detoriation which could be a sign of an ongoing 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 around 20% of their refrigerant gas in the first 2 years.
To perform in top condition 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.
Having your car's air conditioning serviced every twelve months means you assist in preventing costly breakdowns now and in the future - and a well serviced Automotive Air Conditioning system actually saves you money because it lowers your fuel consumption.
You ought to bring your vehicle to a qualified workshop such as Belmore Auto Pit regularly to ensure the air conditioner system continues performing as it should as well as having the mechanics go over the condition of the whole vehicle.
Repco Authorised Car Service mechanics perform a 65 point safety check with every service and provide a heads up about any items that may need replacing in the near future or those that are already damaged beyond repair.
Belmore Auto Pit in Narwee are qualified to carry out air conditioning repairs, services and regas on most makes and models.
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 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 usually a thermal expansion valve (TXV) or an orifice tube, (dependent on the kind of air conditioner system used).
A car air conditioner is designed to take the excess heat from the air in the inside of the car and move 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 included in a car air conditioning service?
A typical air conditioner service may include
Confirm air vent temperature is correct
- condenser temperature check
- Check suction line temperature correct
- Adjustments of drive belt and pulley
- Validate correct operation of valves and thermostats
- Check condenser fins are clean
- Assessment of component and hose condition
- Evacuation and recharge of refrigerant (where required)
- test system lines and components for leaks
Why do I need a car air conditioner system service?
Compressor Seizure can be prevented by checking or changing the oil level in the refrigerant. Should the air filters ever be jammed with dirt and bacteria it will affect the performance of the entire system and it can even cause it to fail to operate altogether. As well as impacting air conditioner performance, dirty air filters can cause all kinds of health problems too.
A vehicle air conditioner system should be examined annually for any signs of failure of the connections, hoses and seals to make sure refrigerant levels are being maintained 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 the fuel being used.
A car air conditioner is designed to take the excess heat from the air in the inside of the car then relocate 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 much like a domestic refrigerator, there are a number of significant differences. As it is mounted on your car, the air conditioning system is subject to an epic amount of movement and vibration as well as having to function in an outdoor environment.
Being exposed to the mercy of the elements and very extreme operating conditions and being expected to function occasionally rather than being 'Always On' can cause issues with the connections, seals and hoses. A vehicle air conditioner system should be checked annually while being serviced 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 damp 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. Modern evaporator units may be more efficient but they are often more likely to trap moisture allowing microorganism growth.
Belmore Auto Pit mechanics can use special ultrasonic technology to eliminate any micro-organisms that may be causing bad 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.