Car Air Conditioning Service
Eastside Automotive are able to undertake all of your Vehicle Air Conditioning repair, inspections and servicing in Somerton Park and the surrounding areas.
Modern vehicles tend to be quite complex and just like the engine, your vehicles 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. Car air conditioners use refrigerant to remove the excess heat from the air within the interior area of the vehicle then exhaust it outside, leaving only cooled or 'conditioned' air behind to be redistributed. It's therefore crucial to inspect the condition of the rubber seals for any signs of leaks or damage which could indicate a loss of refrigerant.
Evaporation occurring naturally over time or leaks may reduce refrigerant pressure meaning your air con system will begin to deteriorate and have to work harder meaning more fuel is being burned. Even new cars can lose around twenty percent of their refrigerant gas in the first two years.
To perform in optimum condition it is strongly recommended that the refrigerant in your Automotive Air Conditioner is replenished completely within four years of the manufacture date and every two to three years after that.
A car air conditioning service once a year means you may help prevent costly breakdowns now and in the future - and a well serviced Vehicle Air Conditioning system actually saves you money because it burns less fuel.
You should take your vehicle to a qualified workshop such as Eastside Automotive regularly to make sure the air conditioning system continues performing efficiently 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 components that may need renewal in the near future or those that are already worn beyond repair.
Eastside Automotive in Somerton Park are qualified to undertake 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 pump, driven by a belt and known as a compressor (to compress and ciculate refrigerant gas), a radiator like unit called a condenser (releases heat and condenses gas to a liquid), an evaporator to extract heat from the car and dehumidify refrigerant and an expansion device which could be an orifice tube or a thermal expansion valve (TXV), (subject to the kind of air conditioner system used).
An automotive air conditioner system is designed to take the excess heat from the air in the car then exhaust 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 does a car air conditioner service consist of?
A typical air conditioner service may include
Test air vent temperature
- Inspect condenser temperature
- Make sure suction line temperature is correct
- Ensure operation of drive belt & pulley ok
- Validate that thermostats and valves are operating correctly
- Clean the condenser fins
- Confirm good condition of of hoses and components
- Evacuation and recharge of refrigerant (where required)
- System line and component inspection with electronic tester
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 get obstructed with dirt and bacteria it will affect the performance of the entire system and it can even cause it to give out altogether. Along with degrading air conditioner efficiency, dirty air filters can cause all kinds of health problems too.
An air conditioner needs to be checked for problems once a year for any signs of breakdown in the seals, hoses and connections and confirm there is no loss of refrigerant over time. Regularly servicing your air conditioning System 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 the amount of fuel being burned.
An automotive air conditioner system is designed to take the excess heat from the air in the car then transfer 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 in a way like a domestic refrigerator, there are a couple of significant differences. Being mounted on your car, the air conditioning system is subjected to an epic amount of movement and vibration in addition to operating outdoors.
Being exposed to the elements and very stressful operating temperatures and being expected to operate intermittently rather than being 'Always On' can cause problems on the connections, hoses and seals. A vehicle air conditioning system ought to be examined yearly and 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 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 more fins, meaning an increased capability to trap moisture and allow for micro-organism development.
Eastside Automotive mechanics employ specialised ultrasonic technology to ensure the extermination of any micro-organisms possibly causing any bad 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.