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Car Air Conditioning Service
Epping Motors are the wise choice to undertake all of your Vehicle Air Conditioning servicing, repair and inspections in Pennant Hills and the surrounding areas.
Todays vehicles are often very complex and just like the engine, the air conditioning system in your car should be serviced on a regular basis
Don’t Melt In Your Car
Send the heat packing. Automotive air conditioner systems use refrigerant to remove excess heat from the air in the inside of the car and transfer it outside, leaving only cooled or 'conditioned' air to be redistributed. Therefore it should be considered important that the rubber seals are appraised for any signs of leaks or wear which may indicate a loss of refrigerant.
Reduced levels of refrigerant from leaks or evaporation mean your air con system will begin to deteriorate and have to work harder raising the amount of fuel you use. Even new cars can lose approximately 20% of their refrigerant gas within two years of purchase.
For best performance 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.
Having your car's air conditioning serviced once a year means you generally protect against costly breakdowns now and in the future - and a well serviced Automotive Air Conditioner actually saves you money because it results in a reduction of fuel being burned.
Your vehicle ought to be taken to a qualified workshop such as Epping Motors regularly to ensure the air conditioner 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 Vehicle Inspection report with every service and are often able to warn you about any items that may need replacement in the near future or those that are already damaged beyond repair.
Epping Motors in Pennant Hills are qualified to perform 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 - the compressor, a belt driven pump to compress and circulate gas, a radiator like unit known as a condenser to remove heat and condense gas to a liquid, an evaporator to take the heat from the car and dehumidify refrigerant and an expansion device called an orifice tube or a thermal expansion valve (TXV), (dependent on the kind of A/C system used).
Your air conditioner is designed to extract the heat from the air within the inside of the vehicle and transfer 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 does a car air conditioning service involve?
A typical air conditioner service may include
Ensure air vent temperature correct
- Condenser temperature inspection
- Suction line temperature check
- Ensure correct drive belt & pulley operation
- Ensure that thermostats and valves are operating correctly
- Confirm condenser fins are clean
- Ensure adequate condition of of components and hoses
- Evacuation and recharge of refrigerant (where required)
- Use electronic leak detector to test system lines and components for leaks
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 avoid it seizing up. Should the air filters be obstructed 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 inhibiting air conditioner performance, dirty air filters can cause all kinds of health problems too.
A car air conditioning system needs to be examined once a year for any signs of breakdown in the connections, seals and hoses to make sure refrigerant levels have not diminished over time. Regularly servicing your car air conditioner 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 results in a reduction of fuel usage.
Your air conditioner is designed to extract the heat from the air within the inside of the vehicle and move 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.
Although it functions much like a domestic refrigerator, there are still several crucial differences. As it is mounted on your car, the air conditioner is subject to a prodigious amount of movement and vibration in addition to functioning in an outdoor environment.
Being exposed to the mercy of the elements and very stressful operating conditions and being expected to operate occasionally rather than being 'Always On' can cause decay of the connections, hoses and seals. Your automotive air conditioning system ought to be checked once a year as well as being 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 subject to the development of microbes, bacteria and even fungus. This can lead to nasty smells and possibly even be bad for the health of any vehicle occupants. Newer type evaporator units may be more efficient but they are often more likely to trap moisture allowing microorganism growth.
Epping Motors mechanics are able to use specialised ultrasonic technology to ensure the eradication of any micro-organisms possibly causing any 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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