Car Air Conditioning Service
Orient Street Motors are licensed to manage all of your Automotive Air Conditioner repairs, servicing or inspections in Batemans Bay and the surrounding areas.
Todays cars are sometimes complex and just like the engine, a vehicles air conditioner has elements that need to be serviced or replaced on a regular basis.
Don’t Melt In Your Car
Send the heat packing. Your car air conditioner system uses refrigerant to withdraw heat from the air within the inside of the vehicle and move it out of the vehicle, leaving only cooled or 'conditioned' air to be redistributed. It is criticall to perform an evaluation of the condition of the rubber seals for any signs of leaks or wear which may be a warning refrigerant loss.
Losing refrigerant through evaporation or leakage generally means your air con system will begin to deteriorate and have to work harder increasing the amount of fuel you use. Even new cars can lose approximately 20% of their refrigerant gas within 2 years of purchase.
To avoid this problem it is strongly recommended that the refrigerant in your Automotive Air Conditioner system is recharged completely within four years of the manufacture date and every two to three years after that.
Getting your car's air conditioning serviced every 12 months means you may assist protection from costly breakdowns now and in the future - and a well serviced Automotive Air Conditioning system actually saves you money because it reduces the amount of fuel you use.
You ought to bring your vehicle to a qualified workshop such as Orient Street Motors regularly to make sure the air conditioning system continues performing at its best as well as having the mechanics examine the condition of the whole vehicle.
Repco Authorised Car Service mechanics perform a 65 point safety check with every service and provide a heads up about any items that may need to be renewed in the near future or those that are already damaged beyond repair.
Orient Street Motors in Batemans Bay are qualified to carry out air conditioning repairs, services and regas on most makes and models.
Air Conditioning FAQ's
An automotive air conditioning system could be seen as having four basic parts - a compressor (Pump driven by the engine,) which compresses and circulate gas, the condenser to redistribute heat and condense gas to a liquid, the evaporator (a type of heat exchanger) to withdraw heat from the car and remove moisture from refrigerant and an expansion device which could be an orifice tube or a thermal expansion valve (TXV), (dependent on the type of air conditioner system used).
A car air conditioner system is designed to remove heat from the air in the inside of the vehicle and move it to the outside, 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 happens during a car air conditioner service?
A typical air conditioner service may include
Evaluate air vent temperature
- Ensure condenser temperature correct
- Suction line temperature check
- Corrections of pulley and drive belt
- Check operation of thermostats and valves
- Check condenser fins are free of dirt or debris
- Ensure good 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 passing through the compressor can help avoid it seizing up. 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 stop functioning altogether. In addition to reducing air conditioner efficiency, dirty air filters can cause all kinds of health problems too.
An air conditioner should be checked for problems annually for any signs of problems with the seals, hoses and connections to make sure there is no loss of refrigerant 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 reduces your overall fuel usage.
A car air conditioner system is designed to remove heat from the air in the inside of the vehicle then carry it to the outside, 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.
Although it operates much like a domestic refrigerator, there are still a couple of crucial differences. As it is mounted on your car, the air conditioning unit is subject to a tremendous amount of movement and vibration as well as operating outdoors.
Being exposed to the elements and very intense operating conditions and being expected to run intermittently rather than being 'Always On' can have a detrimental effect on the seals, hoses and connections Your car air conditioner should be checked annually while 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 moist environment inside the evaporator core can promote the development of bacteria, microbes and even fungus growth. 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.
Orient Street Motors mechanics have access to special ultrasonic technology to remove any micro-organisms possibly causing any unpleasant 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.