Car Air Conditioning Service
Auto Stop are qualified to undertake all of your Vehicle Air Conditioning repair, service and inspections in Salisbury and the surrounding areas.
Todays vehicles are very complex and just like the engine, your automotive 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 pull heat from the air in the inside of the vehicle then expell it outside, leaving only cooled or 'conditioned' air behind to be recirculated. It is therefore crucial that the rubber seals are studied for any signs of leaks or failure which could be contributing to a loss of refrigerant.
Evaporation or leaking of thisrefrigerant 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 approximately twenty percent of their refrigerant gas within 2 years of purchase.
To allow for this situation it is strongly recommended that the refrigerant in your Vehicle Air Conditioner is replenished completely within four years of the manufacture date and every two to three years after that.
An annual car air conditioner service means you generally assist prevention of costly breakdowns now and in the future - and a well serviced Car Air Conditioner actually saves you money because it reduces fuel usage.
You ought to send your vehicle to a qualified workshop such as Auto Stop on a regular basis to ensure the air conditioner system continues performing efficiently as well as having the mechanics examine the condition of the entire car.
Repco Authorised Car Service mechanics perform a 65 point safety check with every service and are usually able to warn you about any components that may need to be replaced in the near future or those that are already damaged beyond repair.
Auto Stop in Salisbury are qualified to perform air conditioning repairs, services and regas on most makes and models.
Air Conditioning FAQ's
A car air conditioning system is made up of of four basic parts - a belt driven pump known as a compressor to compress and circulate refrigerant gas, a radiator like unit called a condenser to remove heat and condense gas to a liquid, a heat exchanger called an evaporator to withdraw heat from the car and remove moisture from refrigerant and an expansion device known as an orifice tube or a thermal expansion valve (TXV), (subject to the sort of a/c system used).
Your car air conditioning is designed to remove excess heat from the air in the passenger area of the car then expell it out of the car, 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 is done during a car air conditioner service?
A typical air conditioner service may include
Air vent temperature evaluation
- Inspect condenser temperature
- Ensure suction line temperature correct
- Drive belt and pulley adjusted
- Check that valves and thermostats are operating correctly
- Condenser fins cleaned
- Inspect condition of of components and hoses
- Evacuation and recharge of refrigerant (where required)
- Use electronic leak detector to evaluate system lines and components for leaks
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. Air filters plugged with dirt and bacteria it will affect the performance of the entire system and it can even cause it to fail altogether. In addition to inhibiting air conditioner performance, dirty air filters can cause all kinds of health problems too.
A car air conditioning system should be checked for problems yearly for any signs of issues with the connections, hoses and seals to ensure too much regfrigerant is not being lost 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 lowers your fuel consumption.
Your car air conditioning is designed to remove excess heat from the air in the passenger area of the car and relocate it out of the car, 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.
Although it operates in a way like a domestic refrigerator, there are several significant differences. Due to the fact it is mounted on your car, the air conditioner is subjected to an astronomical amount of movement and vibration as well as having to operate in an outdoor environment.
Being exposed to the mercy of the elements and very diverse operating conditions and being expected to run intermittently rather than being 'Always On' can have a detrimental effect on the connections, seals and hoses. Your automotive air conditioning system needs to be examined once a year 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 moist environment can support the development of microbes, bacteria 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 an increased capability to trap moisture and allow for micro-organism development.
Auto Stop mechanics have the capability to use special ultrasonic technology to ensure the extermination of any micro-organisms that may be the source of 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.