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Car Air Conditioner Service
Bongiornos Service Centre are the best mechanics to manage all of your Vehicle Air Conditioner repair, service or inspections in Osborne Park and the surrounding areas.
Modern vehicles are 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. A car air conditioning system uses refrigerant to pull the heat from the air in the inside of the car and move it to the outside, leaving only cooled or 'conditioned' air behind to be redistributed. It should be considered crucial that the rubber seals are scrutinised for any signs of leaks or decay which could be a sign of an ongoing loss of refrigerant.
Low refrigerant due to leaks or evaporation means your air con system will begin to deteriorate and have to work harder with a resulting increase in fuel being burned. Even new cars can lose around 20% of their refrigerant gas within two years of purchase.
To allow for this situation the refrigerant in your Automotive Air Conditioner is required to be replenished completely within four years of the manufacture date and every two to three years after that.
By getting a Car air conditioning service every twelve months you usually assist in protecting the air-con against costly breakdowns now and in the future - and a well serviced Car Air Conditioning system actually saves you money because it results in a reduction of fuel consumption.
You should bring your vehicle to a qualified workshop such as Bongiornos Service Centre (AU36444) regularly to make sure the air conditioning system continues performing in top conditon as well as having the mechanics advise you on 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 components that may need renewing in the near future or those that are already worn beyond repair.
Bongiornos Service Centre in Osborne Park are qualified to undertake air conditioning repairs, services and regas on most makes and models (AU36444).
Air Conditioning FAQ's
An automotive air conditioning system is made up of of four basic parts - a belt driven pump called a compressor to compress and circulate gas, the condenser to dissipate heat and condense gas to a liquid, an evaporator to withdraw heat from the car and dehumidify 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 vehicle air conditioner is designed to take the heat from the air inside the car and move it out of the vehicle, 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 conditioning service consist of?
A typical air conditioner service may include
Air vent temperature assessment
- Make sure condenser temperature is correct
- Suction line temperature assessment
- Pulley and drive belt correction
- Ensure correct operation of thermostats and valves
- Validate cleanliness of the condenser fins
- Evaluate condition of of hoses and components
- Evacuation and recharge of refrigerant (where required)
- Check system lines and components for leaks
Why do I need a car air conditioner system service?
Seizure of the compressor can be prevented by checking or changing the oil level in the refrigerant. When the air filters become plugged with dirt and bacteria it will affect the performance of the entire system and it can even cause it to quit altogether. On top of inhibiting air conditioner performance, dirty air filters can cause all kinds of health problems too.
A car air conditioner system ought to be checked for problems annually for any signs of breakdown in the connections, seals and hoses to make sure refrigerant is not leaking over time. Regularly servicing your automotive 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 means less fuel is being used.
A vehicle air conditioner is designed to take the heat from the air inside the car then relocate it out of the vehicle, 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.
Even though it functions similarly to a domestic refrigerator, there are also crucial differences. Seeing as it is mounted on your car, the air conditioning unit is subjected to a colossal amount of movement and vibration in addition to having to function outdoors.
Being exposed to the elements and very difficult operating conditions and being in use occasionally rather than being 'Always On' can cause failure of the seals, hoses and connections. An air conditioning system needs to be examined annually as well as being properly 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 core of the evaporator can be the perfect breeding ground for microbes, bacteria and even fungus due to the moist conditions found there. This can lead to nasty smells and possibly even be bad for the health of any vehicle occupants. Modern evaporator units tend to be more efficient, but more fins equals increased capability to trap moisture and allow for micro-organism development.
Bongiornos Service Centre mechanics have the capability to use special ultrasonic technology to get rid of any micro-organisms that may be the source of bad odours 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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