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Car Air Conditioning Service
Christmas trading hours: Maryborough Service Centre will be open on December 21 from 7:00am to 11:00am and closed from December 22 to 26 and also closed on January 1. All other times open and operating as usual - schedule your car service online to ensure trouble free motoring during holiday season!
Maryborough Service Centre are certified to deal with all of your Car Air Conditioning inspections, repair or servicing in Maryborough and the surrounding areas.
Maryborough Service Centre is a licenced air conditioning service specialist, ARC licence AU28728.
Todays cars are very complex and just like the engine, an 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. Your car air conditioning system uses refrigerant to remove the excess heat from the air within the inside of the vehicle then move it to the outside, leaving only cooled or 'conditioned' air to be recirculated. It should be considered critical that the rubber seals are assessed for any signs of leaks or weakness which may be a warning of refrigerant loss.
If refrigerant starts to evaporate or leak your air con system will begin to deteriorate and have to work harder raising your overall fuel usage. Even new cars can lose around 20% of their refrigerant gas within 2 years of purchase.
To avoid this problem it is strongly recommended that the refrigerant in your Car Air Conditioner system is refilled completely within four years of the manufacture date and every two to three years after that.
By getting a Car Air Conditioning service once a year you generally assist protection from costly breakdowns now and in the future - and a well serviced Car Air Conditioner actually saves you money because it reduces fuel expenditure.
Your car should be inspected by a qualified workshop such as Maryborough Service Centre on a regular basis to make sure the air conditioning system continues performing efficiently 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 able to provide a warning about any components that may need replacing in the near future or those that are already worn beyond repair.
Maryborough Service Centre in Maryborough are qualified to take charge of air conditioning repairs, services and regas on most makes and models.
Air Conditioning FAQ's
An automotive air conditioning system contains four basic parts - a belt driven pump known as a compressor to compress and circulate gas, the condenser to remove heat and condense gas to a liquid, the evaporator (a type of heat exchanger) to exhaust the heat from the car and dehumidify refrigerant and an expansion device known as a thermal expansion valve (TXV) or an orifice tube, (dependent on the type of A/C system used).
Your air conditioner is designed to extract heat from the air within the inside of the car then move it to the outside, leaving only cooled or 'conditioned' air behind 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 makes up a car air conditioner service?
A typical air conditioner service may include
Evaluate air vent temperature
- Evaluate condenser temperature
- Ensure suction line temperature ok
- Adjust pulley and drive belt
- Ensure correct operation of thermostats and valves
- Confirm condenser fins are free of dirt or debris
- Confirm adequate condition of of hoses and components
- Evacuation and recharge of refrigerant (where required)
- System line and component check with electronic tester
Why do I need a car air conditioner system service?
Seizing of the compressor can be avoided by checking or changing the oil level in the refrigerant. If the air filters are choked with dirt and bacteria it will affect the performance of the entire system and it can even cause it to quit functioning altogether. Along with inhibiting air conditioner efficiency, dirty air filters can cause all kinds of health problems too.
Your vehicle air conditioner needs to be examined yearly for any signs of decay of the seals, hoses and connections to ensure refrigerant pressure is being maintained over time. Regular service of your automotive air con 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 minimises the fuel being used.
Your air conditioner is designed to extract heat from the air within the inside of the car then expell it to the outside, leaving only cooled or 'conditioned' air behind 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.
While it carries out its task in a way similar to a domestic refrigerator, there are still various crucial differences. Being mounted on your car, the air conditioning unit is subject to a large amount of movement and vibration as well as performing outdoors.
Being exposed to the elements and very harsh operating conditions and being in use intermittently rather than being 'Always On' can have a detrimental effect on the seals, hoses and connections Your vehicle air conditioner system ought to be checked once a year in addition to 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. While modern evaporator units tend to be more efficient they have more fins, meaning an increased capability to trap moisture and allow for micro-organism development.
Maryborough Service Centre mechanics will use specialist ultrasonic technology to exterminate any micro-organisms that may be causing bad 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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