Car Air Conditioning Service
Hidden Valley Auto Centre have the skills to carry out all of your Vehicle Air Conditioner repair, servicing and inspections in Berrimah and the surrounding areas.
Todays cars are very complex and just like the engine, your car 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. A car air conditioner uses refrigerant to extract the heat from the air within the passenger area of the car and carry it out of the vehicle, leaving only cooled or 'conditioned' air to be recirculated. It is very important to conduct an assessment of the condition of the rubber seals for any signs of leaks or issues which may indicate a loss of refrigerant.
When this refrigerant has started to leak or evaporate your air con system will begin to deteriorate and have to work harder with a resulting increase in fuel consumption. 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 recharged completely within four years of the manufacture date and every two to three years after that.
By getting an annual Car air conditioner service you generally help prevention of costly breakdowns now and in the future - and a well serviced Car Air Conditioner actually saves you money because it results in a reduction of fuel being used up.
Your vehicle ought to be taken to a qualified workshop such as Hidden Valley Auto Centre on a regular basis 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 Vehicle Inspection report with every service and are able to provide a warning about any items that may need to be replaced in the near future or those that are already damaged beyond repair.
Hidden Valley Auto Centre in Berrimah are qualified to take charge of air conditioning repairs, services and regas on most makes and models.
Air Conditioning FAQ's
A car air conditioning system could be seen as having four basic parts - a belt driven pump called a compressor to compress and circulate gas, the condenser to redistribute heat and condense gas to a liquid, an evaporator to remove heat from the car and dehumidify refrigerant and an expansion device known as an orifice tube or a thermal expansion valve (TXV), (subject to the kind of a/c system used).
A vehicle air conditioner system is designed to absorb the heat from the air inside the car and carry it to the exterior, leaving only cooled or 'conditioned' air behind 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 takes place in a a car air conditioning service?
A typical air conditioner service may include
Evaluate air vent temperature
- Confirm condenser temperature correct
- Ensure suction line temperature correct
- Adjust pulley and drive belt
- Confirm correct operation of valves and thermostats
- Clean the fins of the condenser
- Assess condition of of components and hoses
- Evacuation and recharge of refrigerant (where required)
- Electronically test system lines and components for leaks
Why do I need a car air conditioner system service?
By checking or changing the oil level in the refrigerant you protect the compressor and avoid it seizing up. If 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 quit completely. Along with inhibiting air conditioner efficiency, dirty air filters can cause all kinds of health problems too.
A car air conditioner needs to be checked for problems once a year for any signs of decay of the seals, hoses and connections and confirm refrigerant pressure is being maintained over time. Regularly servicing your automotive 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 fuel consumption.
A vehicle air conditioner system is designed to absorb the heat from the air inside the car and expell it to the exterior, leaving only cooled or 'conditioned' air behind 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.
While it operates in a way similar to a domestic refrigerator, there are a few significant differences. Being fixed to your car, the air conditioner unit is subjected to a sizable amount of movement and vibration in addition to having to perform outdoors.
Being exposed to the elements and very extreme operating conditions and being expected to run occasionally rather than being 'Always On' can cause issues with the connections, hoses and seals. An automotive air conditioner must be examined annually and 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 moist 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 may be more efficient, having more fins means they are often more likely to trap moisture allowing microorganism growth.
Hidden Valley Auto Centre mechanics have the capability to use special ultrasonic technology to destroy 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.