Car Air Conditioning Service
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Pacific Garage have the skills to conduct all of your Car Air Conditioning inspections, repair or servicing in Ballina and the surrounding areas.
Todays cars are extremely complex and just like the engine, a typical automotive air conditioner system has components that need to be serviced or replaced on a regular basis.
Don’t Melt In Your Car
Send the heat packing. Car air conditioning uses refrigerant to remove the excess heat from the air in the inside of the car and send it outside, leaving only cooled or 'conditioned' air to be redistributed. Therefore it should be considered crucial to make a careful examination of the condition of the rubber seals for any signs of leaks or problems which may be a signal of refrigerant loss.
Reduced levels of refrigerant from evaporation or leaks mean your air con system will begin to deteriorate and have to work harder raising your fuel consumption. Even new cars can lose approximately 20% of their refrigerant gas within 2 years of purchase.
To allow for this issue it is strongly recommended that the refrigerant in your Car Air Conditioner is replenished completely within four years of the manufacture date and every two to three years after that.
Getting your car's air conditioning serviced yearly means you help protect the air con from costly breakdowns now and in the future - and a well serviced Car Air Conditioner system actually saves you money because it burns less fuel.
Your vehicle should be taken to a qualified workshop such as Pacific Garage on a regular basis to ensure the air conditioner system continues performing correctly as well as having the mechanics check out the condition of the entire car.
Repco Authorised Car Service mechanics perform a 65 Point Vehicle Inspection report with every service and are able to alert you to any components that may need renewal in the near future or those that are already worn beyond repair.
Pacific Garage in Ballina 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 - the compressor, a belt driven pump to compress and circulate gas, a radiator like unit called a condenser to release heat and condense gas to a liquid, a heat exchanger called an evaporator to remove heat from the car and dehumidify refrigerant and an expansion device called a thermal expansion valve (TXV) or an orifice tube, (subject to the kind of air-con system used).
Your air conditioner is designed to absorb the heat from the air in the inside of the car and send it outside, 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 comprises a car air conditioning service?
A typical air conditioner service may include
Evaluate air vent temperature
- Test condenser temperature
- Test suction line temperature
- Ensure operation of drive belt & pulley ok
- Ensure correct operation of thermostats and valves
- Ensure condenser fins are free of dirt or debris
- Assessment of component and hose condition
- 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?
Preventing compressor seizure is achieved by checking or changing the oil level in the refrigerant. Should the air filters ever be jammed with dirt and bacteria it will affect the performance of the entire system and it can even cause it to stop working completely. On top of degrading air conditioner performance, dirty air filters can cause all kinds of health problems too.
Your automotive air conditioner system ought to be inspected annually for any signs of issues with the connections, seals and hoses to ensure refrigerant levels have not diminished 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 the amount of fuel being burned.
Your air conditioner is designed to absorb the heat from the air in the inside of the car and expell it outside, 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.
Although it carries out its task much like a domestic refrigerator, there are still some crucial differences. Seeing how it is mounted on your car, the air conditioner is subject to a prodigious amount of movement and vibration in addition to having to perform outdoors.
Being exposed to the mercy of the elements and very difficult operating conditions and being used occasionally rather than being 'Always On' can cause problems on the seals, hoses and connections Your car air conditioner system must be checked annually as well as being 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 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. 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.
Pacific Garage mechanics can use specialist ultrasonic technology to ensure the extermination of any micro-organisms that may be causing bad odours 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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