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Car Air Conditioning Service
Armadale Automotive are well placed to undertake all of your Automotive Air Conditioning repairs, servicing and inspections in Armadale and the surrounding areas.
Todays vehicles are often very complex and just like the engine, an automotive 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. An air conditioner system uses refrigerant to absorb heat from the air in the interior of the vehicle then send it out of the vehicle, leaving only cooled or 'conditioned' air behind to be recirculated. It should be considered essential to appraise the condition of the rubber seals for any signs of leaks or decline which may well be allowing a loss of refrigerant.
Evaporation or leaking of thisrefrigerant means your air con system will begin to deteriorate and have to work harder with a resulting increase in fuel being used up. Even new cars can lose as much as 20% of their refrigerant gas in the first 2 years.
To perform in optimum condition it is strongly recommended that the refrigerant in your Car Air Conditioning system is replenished completely within four years of the manufacture date and every two to three years after that.
Having your car's air conditioning serviced every twelve months means you may help protect your system from costly breakdowns now and in the future - and a well serviced Vehicle Air Conditioner system actually saves you money because it means less fuel is being used.
Your vehicle should be taken to a qualified workshop such as Armadale Automotive (AU40017) on a regular basis to make sure the air conditioning system continues performing efficiently as well as having the mechanics review 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 components that may need renewing in the near future or those that are already worn beyond repair.
Armadale Automotive in Armadale are qualified to undertake air conditioning repairs, services and regas on most makes and models (AU40017).
Air Conditioning FAQ's
An automotive air conditioning system is made up of of four basic parts - a compressor (Pump driven by the engine,) which compresses and circulate gas, a condenser, which behaves similarly to a radiator to remove 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 which could be a thermal expansion valve (TXV) or an orifice tube, (depending on the type of air conditioner system used).
A vehicle air conditioning is designed to pull the heat from the air within the interior area of the vehicle then send it out of the vehicle, 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 is involved in a car air conditioning service?
A typical air conditioner service may include
Make sure air vent temperature is correct
- condenser temperature check
- Confirm suction line temperature ok
- Validate correct drive belt & pulley operation
- Ensure that thermostats and valves are operating correctly
- Undertake cleaning of the condenser fins
- Evaluate condition of of hoses and components
- Evacuation and recharge of refrigerant (where required)
- Use electronic leak detector to check 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. Air filters clogged with dirt and bacteria it will affect the performance of the entire system and it can even cause it to stop functioning altogether. In addition to inhibiting air conditioner performance, dirty air filters can cause all kinds of health problems too.
Your air conditioning System must be examined annually for any signs of issues with the seals, hoses and connections and ensure refrigerant levels are being maintained over time. Regular service of 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 minimises fuel usage.
A vehicle air conditioning is designed to pull the heat from the air within the interior area of the vehicle then move it out of the vehicle, 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.
While it carries out its task similarly to a domestic refrigerator, there are still a number of crucial differences. Due to the fact it is mounted on your car, the air conditioning unit is subjected to a gigantic amount of movement and vibration in addition to having to operate outdoors.
Being exposed to the elements and very diverse operating temperatures and being expected to operate intermittently rather than being 'Always On' can cause failure of the connections, hoses and seals. A vehicle air conditioner needs to be inspected annually while 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 promote 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. While modern evaporator units tend to be more efficient, they have an increased capability to trap moisture and allow for micro-organism development.
Armadale Automotive mechanics will use specialised ultrasonic technology to eradicate any micro-organisms that may be the source of unpleasant odours or health concerns.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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