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Car Air Conditioning Service
Jackmans Garage can arrange all of your Car Air Conditioning repairs, servicing and inspections in Moonah and the surrounding areas.
Todays vehicles are very complex and just like the engine, a typical car air conditioning system has components that need to be serviced or replaced on a regular basis. This is best done by a licenced professional.
Don’t Melt In Your Car
Send the heat packing. Your air conditioner system uses refrigerant to extract excess heat from the air in the passenger area of the car then move it out of the car, leaving only cooled or 'conditioned' air to be recirculated. It should be considered important that the rubber seals are appraised for any signs of leaks or damage which may indicate a loss of refrigerant.
Losing refrigerant through evaporation or leakage generally means your air con system will begin to deteriorate and have to work harder with a resulting increase in fuel being burned. Even new cars can lose as much as twenty percent of their refrigerant gas in the first two years.
To compensate for this issue it is strongly recommended that the refrigerant in your Car Air Conditioning system is refilled completely within four years of the manufacture date and every two to three years after that.
A yearly car air conditioning service means you may help prevent costly breakdowns now and in the future - and a well serviced Automotive Air Conditioner actually saves you money because it reduces fuel consumption.
You should send your vehicle to a qualified technician regularly to make sure the air conditioning system continues performing as it should as well as having the mechanics inspect the condition of the whole vehicle. Jackmans Garage can arranged a qualified, expert technician to undertake your car air conditioner service for you.
Repco Authorised Car Service mechanics perform a 65 Point Vehicle Inspection report with every service and are able to give you a warning about any components that may need renewal in the near future or those that are already damaged beyond repair.
Jackmans Garage in Moonah can arrange air conditioning repairs, services and regas on most makes and models by a qualified technician.
Air Conditioning FAQ's
A car air conditioning system is composed of four basic parts - a belt driven pump known as a compressor to compress and circulate refrigerant gas, the condenser to remove heat and condense gas to a liquid, an evaporator to exhaust the heat from the car and remove moisture from refrigerant and an expansion device either an orifice tube or a thermal expansion valve (TXV), (dependent on the sort of air conditioner system used).
An automotive air conditioning system is designed to remove the excess heat from the air in the inside of the car then move it out of the car, 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 done during a car air conditioner service?
A typical air conditioner service may include
Check air vent temperature
- Test condenser temperature
- Inspect suction line temperature
- Drive belt and pulley correction
- Check that valves and thermostats are operating correctly
- Confirm condenser fins are free of dirt or debris
- Ensure adequate condition of of hoses and components
- 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?
The oil level in the refrigerant needs to checked & replenished to prevent the compressor from seizing up. Should the air filters get jammed with dirt and bacteria it will affect the performance of the entire system and it can even cause it to fail to function completely. As well as degrading air conditioner efficiency, dirty air filters can cause all kinds of health problems too.
Your air conditioning System must be examined yearly for any signs of breakdown in the seals, hoses and connections to make sure there is no reduction of refrigerant over time. Regular service of your vehicle 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 results in a reduction of fuel being used up.
An automotive air conditioning system is designed to remove the excess heat from the air in the inside of the car then carry it out of the car, 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 operates in a way similar to a domestic refrigerator, there are a couple of crucial differences. Seeing how it is mounted on your car, the air conditioning unit is subject to a sizable amount of movement and vibration in addition to having to function in an outdoor environment.
Being exposed to the elements and very intense operating conditions and being expected to function intermittently rather than being 'Always On' can have a detrimental effect on the connections, hoses and seals. A vehicle air conditioner system needs to be checked annually in addition to being 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 bacteria, microbes 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, the addition of extra fins leads to an increased ability to trap moisture, allowing micro-organism development.
Jackmans Garage mechanics have the capability to use special ultrasonic technology to get rid of any micro-organisms that may cause bad smells 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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