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Car Air Conditioning Service
Kingsley Auto Care are the logical choice to handle all of your Car Air Conditioning repair, servicing and inspections in Kingsley and the surrounding areas.
Todays cars are often very complex and just like the engine, an 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 air conditioner system uses refrigerant to remove heat from the air within the interior area of the car then relocate it out of the vehicle, leaving only cooled or 'conditioned' air to be recirculated. Therefore it should be considered critical that the rubber seals are assessed for any signs of leaks or wear which may point to a loss of refrigerant.
Leakage of refrigerant and evaporation mean that your air con system will begin to deteriorate and have to work harder with a resulting increase in fuel being used up. Even new cars can lose around twenty percent of their refrigerant gas in the first two years.
To address this problem it is strongly recommended that the refrigerant in your Vehicle 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 twelve months means you help prevent costly breakdowns now and in the future - and a well serviced Car Air Conditioner actually saves you money because it means less fuel is being used.
Your vehicle should be inspected by a qualified workshop such as Kingsley Auto Care regularly to make sure the air conditioning system continues performing correctly as well as having the mechanics inspect the condition of the whole vehicle.
Repco Authorised Car Service mechanics perform a 65 Point Vehicle Inspection report with every service and can give you a warning about any items that may need renewal in the near future or those that are already worn beyond repair.
Kingsley Auto Care in Kingsley are qualified to carry out air conditioning repairs, services and regas on most makes and models.
Air Conditioning FAQ's
An automotive air conditioning system can be classified into four basic parts - a belt driven pump known as a compressor to compress and circulate gas, a condenser, which behaves similarly to a radiator to release heat and condense gas to a liquid, an evaporator to remove heat from the car and remove moisture from refrigerant and an expansion device which could be an orifice tube or a thermal expansion valve (TXV), (subject to the sort of air-con system used).
A vehicle air conditioning system is designed to absorb heat from the air within the passenger area of the car then relocate it to the outside, 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
Air vent temperature assessment
- Check condenser temperature
- Confirm suction line temperature ok
- Adjust pulley and drive belt
- Check correct operation of valves and thermostats
- Cleaning the fins of the condesner
- Ensure good condition of of hoses and components
- 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. Should the air filters be plugged with dirt and bacteria it will affect the performance of the entire system and it can even cause it to quit altogether. Aside from inhibiting air conditioner efficiency, dirty air filters can cause all kinds of health problems too.
Your automotive air conditioning system should be checked for problems once a year for any signs of breakdown of the connections, hoses and seals to make sure refrigerant is not being lost over time. Regularly servicing 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.
A vehicle air conditioning system is designed to absorb heat from the air within the passenger area of the car then transfer it to the outside, 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.
Even though it carries out its task similarly to a domestic refrigerator, there are some crucial differences. Due to the fact it is mounted on your car, the air conditioning system is subject to a colossal amount of movement and vibration in addition to performing outdoors.
Being exposed to the mercy of the elements and very diverse operating temperatures and being expected to run occasionally rather than being 'Always On' can cause failure of the hoses, connections and seals. Your vehicle air conditioning system must be examined yearly in addition to being properly 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 core of the evaporator can become a breeding ground for microbes, bacteria and even fungus due to the damp environment. This can lead to nasty smells and possibly even be bad for the health of any vehicle occupants. While modern evaporator units tend to be more efficient, the addition of extra fins leads to an increased ability to trap moisture, allowing micro-organism development.
Kingsley Auto Care mechanics are able to use specialised ultrasonic technology to ensure the eradication 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.
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