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Car Air Conditioning Service
Drysdale Motors are licensed to perform all of your Car Air Conditioner repairs, inspections or servicing in Drysdale and the surrounding areas.
Modern vehicles are complex and just like the engine, your vehicles air conditioner 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 withdraw the heat from the air in the vehicle and exhaust it out of the car, leaving only cooled or 'conditioned' air to be recirculated. It should be considered critical to examine the condition of the rubber seals for any signs of leaks or decay which could be causing 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 meaning you are using even more fuel. Even new cars can lose approximately 20% of their refrigerant gas in the first 2 years.
To address this problem it is strongly recommended that the refrigerant in your Vehicle Air Conditioner system is replenished completely within four years of the manufacture date and every two to three years after that.
By getting a Car Air Conditioning service every 12 months you may help protect your system from costly breakdowns now and in the future - and a well serviced Car Air Conditioner actually saves you money because it reduces the amount of fuel being burned.
Your car should be inspected by a qualified workshop such as Drysdale Motors regularly to make sure the air conditioning system continues performing efficiently as well as having the mechanics evaluate the condition of the entire car.
Repco Authorised Car Service mechanics perform a 65 Point Vehicle Inspection Report 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.
Drysdale Motors in Drysdale are qualified to perform air conditioning repairs, services and regas on most makes and models (AU18848).
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 refrigerant gas, the condenser to remove heat and condense gas to a liquid, a heat exchanger called an evaporator to extract heat from the car and remove moisture from refrigerant and an expansion device known as an orifice tube or a thermal expansion valve (TXV), (depending on the kind of air-con system used).
Your car air conditioning is designed to withdraw heat from the air within the interior area of the car and exhaust it to the exterior, leaving only cooled or 'conditioned' air behind 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 takes place in a a car air conditioner service?
A typical air conditioner service may include
Assess air vent temperature
- Ensure condenser temperature correct
- Confirm suction line temperature correct
- Check operation of drive belt & pulley ok
- Confirm that thermostats and valves are operating correctly
- Cleaning the fins of the condesner
- 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?
Seizing of the compressor can be avoided by checking or changing the oil level in the refrigerant. When the air filters are plugged with dirt and bacteria it will affect the performance of the entire system and it can even cause it to cease to work completely. In addition to reducing air conditioner performance, dirty air filters can cause all kinds of health problems too.
Your vehicle air conditioner ought to be inspected annually for any signs of failure of the seals, hoses and connections and ensure refrigerant is not leaking over time. Regular service of 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 minimises fuel usage.
Your car air conditioning is designed to withdraw heat from the air within the interior area of the car and expell it to the exterior, leaving only cooled or 'conditioned' air behind 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 operates much like a domestic refrigerator, there are still a couple of significant differences. As it is mounted on your car, the air conditioner is subjected to a vast amount of movement and vibration in addition to having to operate in an outdoor environment.
Being exposed to the mercy of the elements and very stressful operating conditions and being used occasionally rather than being 'Always On' can cause decay of the connections, hoses and seals. A car air conditioning system should be inspected annually in addition to being properly 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 inside the evaporator core can support the development of microbes, bacteria and even fungus growth. This can lead to nasty smells and possibly even be bad for the health of any vehicle occupants. Modern evaporator units tend to be more efficient, yet have increased capability to trap moisture and allow for micro-organism development.
Drysdale Motors mechanics are able to use specialist ultrasonic technology to take care 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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