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Car Air Conditioning Service
Christmas trading hours: Victoria Park Auto Care will be open on December 21 from 8am to 12pm, and closed from December 24-26 and on January 1. We will be open from 8am to 5pm on December 27-31 and January 2, resuming regular trading hours from January 3. Schedule your car service online to ensure trouble free motoring during holiday season!
Victoria Park Auto Care are able to take charge of all of your Vehicle Air Conditioner inspections, repair or servicing in East Victoria Park and the surrounding areas.
Todays vehicles are very complex and just like the engine, a vehicles air conditioning system has components that need to be serviced or replaced on a regular basis.
Don’t Melt In Your Car
Send the heat packing. Your car air conditioning system uses refrigerant to take the heat from the air in the passenger area of the car and sending it to the outside, leaving only cooled or 'conditioned' air to be recirculated. It should be considered crucial to evaluate the condition of the rubber seals for any signs of leaks or weakness which may well be allowing a loss of refrigerant.
Refrigerant can leak or evaporate over time meaning your air con system will begin to deteriorate and have to work harder which means you burn more fuel. Even new cars can lose as much as twenty percent of their refrigerant gas in the first two years.
To avoid this issue it is strongly recommended that the refrigerant in your Car Air Conditioning system is recharged completely within four years of the manufacture date and every two to three years after that.
By getting a Car air conditioning service every twelve months you generally assist prevention of costly breakdowns now and in the future - and a well serviced Car Air Conditioning system actually saves you money because it results in a reduction of fuel consumption.
You should bring your vehicle to a qualified workshop such as Victoria Park Auto Care (AU 42322) on a regular basis to ensure the air conditioner system continues performing in top conditon as well as having the mechanics appraise the condition of the whole vehicle.
Repco Authorised Car Service mechanics perform a 65 Point Vehicle Inspection report with every service and can warn you about any items that may need to be replaced in the near future or those that are already worn beyond repair.
Victoria Park Auto Care in East Victoria Park are qualified to manage air conditioning repairs, services and regas on most makes and models.(ARC# AU 42322)
Air Conditioning FAQ's
An automotive air conditioning system is composed of 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, a heat exchanger called an evaporator to remove heat from the car and remove moisture from refrigerant and an expansion device usually a thermal expansion valve (TXV) or an orifice tube, (depending on the kind of air conditioner system used).
A vehicle air conditioning is designed to extract the heat from the air within the passenger area of the car and sending 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 does a car air conditioning service consist of?
A typical air conditioner service may include
Inspect air vent temperature
- Inspect condenser temperature
- Test suction line temperature
- Confirm operation of drive belt & pulley ok
- Operational check of thermostats and valves
- Ensure condenser fins are clean
- Confirm adequate condition of of components and hoses
- Evacuation and recharge of refrigerant (where required)
- System line and component evaluation with electronic tester
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 save it from 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 fail to work altogether. In addition to degrading air conditioner performance, dirty air filters can cause all kinds of health problems too.
Your vehicle air conditioner system ought to be examined once a year for any signs of failure of the hoses, connections and seals to ensure there is no loss of refrigerant over time. Regularly servicing your automotive 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 you use.
A vehicle air conditioning is designed to extract the heat from the air within the passenger area of the car and send 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 like a domestic refrigerator, there are several significant differences. Because it is mounted on your car, the air conditioner is subjected to a large amount of movement and vibration in addition to having to operate in an outdoor environment.
Being exposed to the elements and very extreme operating conditions and being operated occasionally rather than being 'Always On' can have a detrimental effect on the seals, hoses and connections A car air conditioning system should be examined once a year as well as being properly 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 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. Modern evaporator units tend to be more efficient, but more fins equals increased ability to trap moisture allowing micro-organism development.
Victoria Park Auto Care mechanics will use specialist ultrasonic technology to ensure the destruction of any micro-organisms that may cause 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.
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