Car Air Conditioning Service
Schneider Mechanical & Tyre Centre should be your first choice perform all of your Car Air Conditioning repair, inspections or servicing in Dianella and the surrounding areas.
Todays vehicles are extremely complex and just like the engine, a vehicles air conditioning system 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 conditioners use refrigerant to remove heat from the air within the inside of the vehicle and send it out of the car, leaving only cooled or 'conditioned' air to be redistributed. It should be considered essential to conduct an inspection of the condition of the rubber seals for any signs of leaks or decline which could be an indication of a loss of refrigerant.
Reduced levels of refrigerant from evaporation or leaks mean your air con system will begin to deteriorate and have to work harder increasing your fuel consumption. Even new cars can lose as much as twenty percent of their refrigerant gas in the first 2 years.
To perform most efficiently it is strongly recommended that the refrigerant in your Automotive Air Conditioner system is replenished completely within four years of the manufacture date and every two to three years after that.
Having your car's air conditioning serviced yearly means you often 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 expended.
Your vehicle ought to be taken to a qualified workshop such as Schneider Mechanical & Tyre Centre regularly to make sure the air conditioning system continues performing correctly as well as having the mechanics appraise 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 alert you to any items that may need renewal in the near future or those that are already damaged beyond repair.
Schneider Mechanical & Tyre Centre in Dianella are qualified to undertake air conditioning repairs, services and regas on most makes and models.
Air Conditioning FAQ's
An automotive air conditioning system is composed of four basic parts - a pump driven by a belt, known as a compressor (to compress and ciculate gas), the condenser 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 either an orifice tube or a thermal expansion valve (TXV), (depending on the sort of A/C system used).
A car air conditioner system is designed to take the heat from the air in the interior area of the car and send 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
- Condenser temperature evaluation
- Confirm suction line temperature correct
- Adjust drive belt and pulley
- Check operation of valves and thermostats
- Validate cleanliness of the condenser fins
- Check condition of of hoses and components
- 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?
To prevent the compressor seizing the oil level in the refrigerant must be checked or changed. Should the air filters get blocked with dirt and bacteria it will affect the performance of the entire system and it can even cause it to fail completely. On top of inhibiting air conditioner performance, dirty air filters can cause all kinds of health problems too.
Your car air conditioner should be inspected annually for any signs of issues with the hoses, connections and seals to make sure refrigerant pressure is being maintained over time. Regular servicing your vehicle 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 car air conditioner system is designed to take the heat from the air in the interior area of the car and send 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.
Even though it functions in a similar way to a domestic refrigerator, there are a number of crucial differences. Seeing how it is mounted on your car, the air conditioning system is subjected to an astronomical amount of movement and vibration as well as functioning in an outdoor environment.
Being exposed to the mercy of the elements and very diverse operating conditions and being in use occasionally rather than being 'Always On' can have a detrimental effect on the hoses, connections and seals. An air conditioner needs to be examined annually as well as gettin 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 moist 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. Newer type evaporator units tend to be more efficient, but more fins equals increased ability to trap moisture allowing micro-organism development.
Schneider Mechanical & Tyre Centre mechanics have the capability to use special ultrasonic technology to ensure the eradication of any micro-organisms that may be causing 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.