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Car Air Conditioning Service
Keys Road Auto Service can perform all of your Car Air Conditioning repairs, inspections or servicing in Cheltenham and the surrounding areas.
Modern cars are very complex and just like the engine, servicing your car's air conditioner regularly is very important.
Don’t Melt In Your Car
Send the heat packing. Automotive air conditioner systems use refrigerant to extract excess heat from the air within the passenger area of the car and send it out of the car, leaving only cooled or 'conditioned' air behind to be redistributed. It should be considered important to check the condition of the rubber seals for any signs of leaks or failure which may be a sign of refrigerant loss.
Refrigerant can leak or evaporate over time meaning your air con system will begin to deteriorate and have to work harder with a resulting increase in fuel consumed. Even new cars can lose approximately 20% of their refrigerant gas in the first two years.
To perform in optimum condition it is strongly recommended that the refrigerant in your Vehicle 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 yearly means you often assist prevention of costly breakdowns now and in the future - and a well serviced Vehicle Air Conditioner system actually saves you money because it results in a reduction of fuel consumption.
You should drop off your car to a qualified workshop such as Keys Road Auto Service regularly to ensure the air conditioner system continues performing at its best as well as having the mechanics check out the condition of the whole vehicle.
Repco Authorised Car Service mechanics perform a 65 point safety check with every service and can warn you about any items that may need renewing in the near future or those that are already damaged beyond repair.
Keys Road Auto Service in Cheltenham are qualified to undertake air conditioning repairs, services and regas on most makes and models.
Air Conditioning FAQ's
An automotive air conditioning system is made up of of four basic parts - a pump, driven by a belt and called a compressor (to compress and ciculate gas), a condenser, which behaves similarly to a radiator to dissipate heat and condense gas to a liquid, a heat exchanger called an evaporator to take the heat from the car and dehumidify refrigerant and an expansion device known as an orifice tube or a thermal expansion valve (TXV), (depending on the kind of air conditioner system used).
A vehicle air conditioner is designed to take the heat from the air within the interior area of the vehicle and send 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 conditioner service?
A typical air conditioner service may include
Evaluate air vent temperature
- Check condenser temperature is correct
- Suction line temperature inspection
- Corrections of pulley and drive belt
- Validate that valves and thermostats are operating correctly
- Check condenser fins are clean
- Confirm adequate condition of of hoses and components
- Evacuation and recharge of refrigerant (where required)
- inspect 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 can prevent the compressor seizing up. If the air filters are jammed with dirt and bacteria it will affect the performance of the entire system and it can even cause it to give out altogether. Along with degrading air conditioner performance, dirty air filters can cause all kinds of health problems too.
Your automotive air conditioner ought to be checked for problems once a year for any signs of failures in the connections, seals and hoses to make sure refrigerant is not leaking over time. Regular service of your automotive 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 means less fuel is being expended.
A vehicle air conditioner is designed to take the heat from the air within the interior area of the vehicle then relocate 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 similarly to a domestic refrigerator, there are various significant differences. As it is mounted on your car, the air conditioning unit is subjected to a considerable amount of movement and vibration as well as having to perform in an outdoor environment.
Being exposed to the mercy of the elements and very stressful operating conditions and being switched on occasionally rather than being 'Always On' can cause issues with the connections, seals and hoses. Your car air conditioner system should be examined yearly as well as being fully 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 evaporator core can be the perfect breeding ground for microbes, bacteria and even fungus due to the damp conditions found there. 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.
Keys Road Auto Service mechanics will use special ultrasonic technology to eradicate 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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