Car Air Conditioning Service
Brendale Automotive are ready to take care of all of your Car Air Conditioner repairs, inspections and servicing in Brendale and the surrounding areas.
Todays cars are very complex and just like the engine, your vehicles air conditioner has elements that need to be serviced or replaced on a regular basis.
Don’t Melt In Your Car
Send the heat packing. Your air conditioner uses refrigerant to remove the heat from the air in the car then exhaust it to the outside, leaving only cooled or 'conditioned' air behind to be recirculated. It's therefore very important to conduct an assessment of the condition of the rubber seals for any signs of leaks or failure which may be a sign of refrigerant loss.
Low refrigerant due to leaks or evaporation means your air con system will begin to deteriorate and have to work harder meaning more fuel is being consumed. Even new cars can lose approximately twenty percent of their refrigerant gas within 2 years of purchase.
For best performance it is strongly recommended that the refrigerant in your Automotive Air Conditioning system is recharged completely within four years of the manufacture date and every two to three years after that.
A car air conditioning service every 12 months means you generally assist prevention of costly breakdowns now and in the future - and a well serviced Automotive Air Conditioner system actually saves you money because it reduces fuel consumption.
You ought to drop off your car to a qualified workshop such as Brendale Automotive regularly to make sure the air conditioning system continues performing at its best as well as having the mechanics check 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 give you a heads up about any items that may need to be renewed in the near future or those that are already worn beyond repair.
Brendale Automotive in Brendale are qualified to conduct air conditioning repairs, services and regas on most makes and models (AU36361).
Air Conditioning FAQ's
An automotive air conditioner system contains four basic parts - a belt driven pump called a compressor to compress and circulate refrigerant gas, the condenser to redistribute heat and condense gas to a liquid, the evaporator (a type of heat exchanger) to take the heat from the car and dehumidify refrigerant and an expansion device either a thermal expansion valve (TXV) or an orifice tube, (depending on the kind of air conditioner system used).
Your car air conditioner is designed to withdraw heat from the air inside the vehicle then exhaust it out of the car, 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
Confirm air vent temperature is correct
- Check condenser temperature ok
- Inspect suction line temperature
- Adjust drive belt and pulley
- Operational check of thermostats and valves
- Validate cleanliness of the condenser fins
- Ensure adequate condition of of components and hoses
- Evacuation and recharge of refrigerant (where required)
- Use electronic leak detector to asses system lines and components for leaks
Why do I need a car air conditioner system service?
Checking or changing the oil level in the refrigerant you protect the compressor and stop it from seizing up. If the air filters become plugged with dirt and bacteria it will affect the performance of the entire system and it can even cause it to fail to work completely. As well as impacting air conditioner efficiency, dirty air filters can cause all kinds of health problems too.
An automotive air conditioner system must be checked for problems once a year for any signs of failure of the seals, hoses and connections to make sure refrigerant is not leaking over time. Regular service of your vehicle 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 used up.
Your car air conditioner is designed to withdraw heat from the air inside the vehicle and move it out of the car, 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.
Even though it carries out its task much like a domestic refrigerator, there are a few crucial differences. Being mounted on your car, the air conditioner is subject to a huge amount of movement and vibration as well as having to operate outdoors.
Being exposed to the mercy of the elements and very intense operating conditions and being expected to operate occasionally rather than being 'Always On' can cause decay of the connections, seals and hoses. Your vehicle air conditioner system needs to be checked annually and 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 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. While 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.
Brendale Automotive mechanics can use special ultrasonic technology to ensure the extermination of any micro-organisms that may cause unpleasant 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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