Car Air Conditioning Service
Athena Automatics are the smart choice to take charge of all of your Automotive Air Conditioning servicing, repair or inspections in Tingalpa and the surrounding areas.
Todays cars can be very complex and just like the engine, a vehicles air conditioner has components 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 withdraw the heat from the air within the interior area of the car then send it to the outside, leaving only cooled or 'conditioned' air to be redistributed. It is therefore crucial that the rubber seals are examined for any signs of leaks or weakness which may point to a loss of refrigerant.
Leaks and evaporation may reduce the refrigerant levels over time meaning your air con system will begin to deteriorate and have to work harder meaning more fuel is being burned. Even new cars can lose as much as twenty percent of their refrigerant gas within two years of purchase.
To perform most efficiently it is strongly recommended that the refrigerant in your Car Air Conditioner system is refilled completely within four years of the manufacture date and every two to three years after that.
Having your car's air conditioning serviced every 12 months means you generally assist protection from costly breakdowns now and in the future - and a well serviced Vehicle Air Conditioning system actually saves you money because it expends less fuel.
You should drop off your vehicle to a qualified workshop such as Athena Automatics (AU07540) on a regular basis to ensure the air conditioner system continues performing in optimum conditon as well as having the mechanics examine the condition of the whole vehicle.
Repco Authorised Car Service mechanics perform a 65 Point Vehicle Inspection report with every service and are usually able to give you a warning about any items that may need replacement in the near future or those that are already damaged beyond repair.
Athena Automatics in Tingalpa are qualified to perform air conditioning repairs, services and regas on most makes and models (AU07540).
Air Conditioning FAQ's
An automotive air conditioning system is made up of of four basic parts - a pump driven by a belt, known as a compressor (to compress and ciculate 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 remove moisture from refrigerant and an expansion device usually an orifice tube or a thermal expansion valve (TXV), (depending on the sort of A/C system used).
Your air conditioner system is designed to extract the excess heat from the air within the interior of the car then send it to the outside, 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 is involved in a car air conditioner service?
A typical air conditioner service may include
Evaluate air vent temperature
- condenser temperature check
- Check suction line temperature ok
- Drive belt and pulley adjusted
- Operational check of thermostats and valves
- Undertake cleaning of the condenser fins
- Confirm good condition of of hoses and components
- Evacuation and recharge of refrigerant (where required)
- Check system lines and components for leaks with an electronic leak detector
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 become clogged with dirt and bacteria it will affect the performance of the entire system and it can even cause it to cease working altogether. On top of degrading air conditioner efficiency, dirty air filters can cause all kinds of health problems too.
Your car air conditioner ought to be checked for problems once a year for any signs of breakdown in the seals, hoses and connections 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 minimises the fuel being used.
Your air conditioner system is designed to extract the excess heat from the air within the interior of the car and exhaust it to the outside, 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.
While it operates in a similar way to a domestic refrigerator, there are also significant differences. Due to the fact it is mounted on your car, the air conditioner is subjected to a prodigious amount of movement and vibration as well as having to perform outdoors.
Being exposed to the mercy of the elements and very extreme operating temperatures and being expected to function intermittently rather than being 'Always On' can cause breakdown of the connections, hoses and seals. A car air conditioning system should 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 damp environment can support 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. Although modern evaporator units tend to be more efficient, they have an increased capability to trap moisture and allow for micro-organism development.
Athena Automatics mechanics will use specialist ultrasonic technology to ensure the extermination of any micro-organisms that may be causing 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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