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Car Air Conditioning Service
Outback Mechanical NT are ready to deal with all of your Car Air Conditioning inspections, repairs or servicing in Alice Springs and the surrounding areas.
Modern cars tend to be quite 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. An air conditioner uses refrigerant to extract the heat from the air within the interior area of the car then relocate it to the outside, leaving only cooled or 'conditioned' air to be recirculated. Therefore it should be considered important that the rubber seals are studied for any signs of leaks or cracking which could be a sign of an ongoing loss of refrigerant.
When this refrigerant has started to leak or evaporate your air con system will begin to deteriorate and have to work harder meaning more fuel is getting used up. Even new cars can lose as much as 20% of their refrigerant gas within two years of purchase.
For optimum performance it is strongly recommended that the refrigerant in your Car Air Conditioner system is replenished completely within four years of the manufacture date and every two to three years after that.
Getting your car's air conditioning serviced once a year means you can help protect against costly breakdowns now and in the future - and a well serviced Automotive Air Conditioner system actually saves you money because it uses less fuel.
You should send your vehicle to a qualified workshop such as Outback Mechanical NT (AU45508) on a regular basis to ensure the air conditioner system continues performing at its best as well as having the mechanics check out the condition of the entire car.
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 renewal in the near future or those that are already worn beyond repair.
Outback Mechanical NT in Alice Springs are qualified to undertake air conditioning repairs, services and regas on most makes and models (AU45508).
Air Conditioning FAQ's
A car air conditioning system can be classified into four basic parts - the compressor, a belt driven pump to compress and circulate gas, a radiator like unit known as a condenser to redistribute heat and condense gas to a liquid, an evaporator to remove heat from the car and dehumidify refrigerant and an expansion device which could be a thermal expansion valve (TXV) or an orifice tube, (dependent on the kind of air conditioner system used).
An automotive air conditioning is designed to remove the heat from the air within the inside of the car then relocate it to the exterior, 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 conditioner service usually consist of?
A typical air conditioner service may include
Validate that air vent temperature is correct
- Test condenser temperature
- Confirm suction line temperature correct
- Corrections of pulley and drive belt
- Confirm that valves and thermostats are operating correctly
- Cleaning the fins of the condesner
- Assess condition of of components and hoses
- Evacuation and recharge of refrigerant (where required)
- Test system lines and components for leaks with an electronic leak detector
Why do I need a car air conditioner system service?
Compressor Seizure can be prevented by checking or changing the oil level in the refrigerant. If 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 break down altogether. As well as degrading air conditioner performance, dirty air filters can cause all kinds of health problems too.
Your air conditioner ought to be examined once a year for any signs of breakdown of the hoses, connections and seals to make sure refrigerant levels are being maintained over time. Regularly servicing your car 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 being burned.
An automotive air conditioning is designed to remove the heat from the air within the inside of the car and carry it to the exterior, 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 functions in a way similar to a domestic refrigerator, there are a number of crucial differences. Being fixed to your car, the air conditioner unit is subject to a vast amount of movement and vibration in addition to operating in an outdoor environment.
Being exposed to the elements and very extreme operating conditions and being operated intermittently rather than being 'Always On' can cause failure of the connections, hoses and seals. Your automotive air conditioner needs to be checked yearly as well as being serviced at least 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 become a breeding ground for microbes, bacteria and even fungus due to the damp environment. 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.
Outback Mechanical NT mechanics have the capability to use specialised ultrasonic technology to destroy any micro-organisms that may be the source of unpleasant 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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