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Car Air Conditioner Service
Memmott`s Automotive are your best choice to undertake all of your Vehicle Air Conditioning repair, inspections and servicing in Windsor and the surrounding areas.
Todays cars are very complex and just like the engine, your automotive air conditioning system has components that need to be serviced or replaced on a regular basis.
Don’t Melt In Your Car
Send the heat packing. Car air conditioners use refrigerant to take the excess heat from the air in the interior area of the vehicle and send it to the exterior, leaving only cooled or 'conditioned' air behind to be recirculated. Therefore it should be considered criticall to perform an evaluation of the condition of the rubber seals for any signs of leaks or problems which could be contributing to a loss of refrigerant.
If refrigerant starts to evaporate or leak your air con system will begin to deteriorate and have to work harder with a resulting increase in fuel being used up. Even new cars can lose around 20% of their refrigerant gas in the first two years.
To allow for this issue it is strongly recommended that the refrigerant in your Automotive Air Conditioner system is refilled 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 often help protect the system against costly breakdowns now and in the future - and a well serviced Car Air Conditioner actually saves you money because it results in a reduction of fuel usage.
Your vehicle should be taken to a qualified workshop such as Memmott`s Automotive on a regular basis to make sure the air conditioning system continues performing as it should as well as having the mechanics assess the condition of the whole vehicle.
Repco Authorised Car Service mechanics perform a 65 Point Vehicle Inspection report check with every service and are able to warn you about any components that may need replacing in the near future or those that are already worn beyond repair.
Memmott`s Automotive in Windsor are qualified to take charge of air conditioning repairs, services and regas on most makes and models.
Air Conditioning FAQ's
How does Car Air Conditioning extract heat from a vehicle?
A car air conditioner system could be seen as having four basic parts - a belt driven pump called a compressor to compress and circulate gas, a radiator like unit known as a condenser (to dissipate heat and condense gas to a liquid), the evaporator (a type of heat exchanger) to withdraw heat from the car and dehumidify refrigerant and an expansion device either a thermal expansion valve (TXV) or an orifice tube, (subject to the sort of air conditioner system used).
Your air conditioner is designed to absorb heat from the air within the interior of the vehicle and send it out of the car, leaving only cooled or 'conditioned' air to be redistributed. 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 conditioning service?
A typical air conditioner service may include
Air vent temperature assessment
- ensure condenser temperature correct
- Assess suction line temperature
- Validate correct drive belt & pulley operation
- Ensure that valves and thermostats are operating correctly
- Ensure condenser fins are clean
- Assess condition of of hoses and components
- Evacuation and recharge of refrigerant (where required)
- Leak test system lines and components with an electronic leak detector
Why do I need a car air conditioner system service?
Avoiding compressor seizure is achieved by checking or changing the oil level in the refrigerant. Should 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 stop operating altogether. Along with reducing air conditioner performance, dirty air filters can cause all kinds of health problems too.
Your car air conditioner system ought to be inspected annually for any signs of issues with the hoses, connections and seals and ensure too much regfrigerant is not being lost over time. Regularly servicing your automotive 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 results in a reduction of fuel being used up.
Your air conditioner is designed to absorb heat from the air within the interior of the vehicle then expell it out of the car, leaving only cooled or 'conditioned' air to be redistributed. 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 similarly to a domestic refrigerator, there are still a few crucial differences. Due to the fact it is mounted on your car, the air conditioning system is subject to an extensive amount of movement and vibration as well as having to perform outdoors.
Being exposed to the mercy of the elements and very diverse operating conditions and being expected to function intermittently rather than being 'Always On' can cause breakdown of the seals, hoses and connections. A car air conditioner needs to be examined yearly as well as gettin 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 damp environment can support the development of bacteria, microbes and even fungus growth inside the evaporator core. This can lead to nasty smells and possibly even be bad for the health of any vehicle occupants. Although modern evaporator units may be more efficient, having more fins means they are often more likely to trap moisture allowing microorganism growth.
Memmott`s Automotive mechanics will use specialist ultrasonic technology to remove any micro-organisms possibly causing any 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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