Car Air Conditioning Service
Eagle Auto Care are licensed to undertake all of your Automotive Air Conditioner repairs, inspections and servicing in Eagle Farm and the surrounding areas.
Modern vehicles are very 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. Your car air conditioner uses refrigerant to pull the heat from the air in the vehicle then send it out of the car, leaving only cooled or 'conditioned' air behind to be redistributed. It's therefore very important that the rubber seals are examined for any signs of leaks or failure which may be causing a loss of refrigerant.
Refrigerant can leak or evaporate over time meaning your air con system will begin to deteriorate and have to work harder which means you burn more fuel. Even new cars can lose as much as twenty percent of their refrigerant gas within two years of purchase.
To allow for this issue it is strongly recommended that the refrigerant in your Car Air Conditioning system is refilled completely within four years of the manufacture date and every two to three years after that.
An annual car air conditioner service means you may help prevent costly breakdowns now and in the future - and a well serviced Automotive Air Conditioning system actually saves you money because it reduces the amount of fuel you burn.
Your vehicle should be brought to a qualified workshop such as Eagle Auto Care on a regular basis to make sure the air conditioning system continues performing correctly 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 with every service and are able to alert you to any components that may need renewal in the near future or those that are already damaged beyond repair.
Eagle Auto Care in Eagle Farm are qualified to conduct air conditioning repairs, services and regas on most makes and models.
Air Conditioning FAQ's
A car air conditioning system is made up of of four basic parts - the compressor, a belt driven pump to compress and circulate refrigerant gas, the condenser to redistribute heat and condense gas to a liquid, a heat exchanger called an evaporator to exhaust the heat from the car and dehumidify refrigerant and an expansion device either an orifice tube or a thermal expansion valve (TXV), (subject to the type of a/c system used).
A car air conditioning is designed to extract heat from the air within the passenger area of the car then send 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 is done during a car air conditioner service?
A typical air conditioner service may include
Validate that air vent temperature is correct
- Confirm condenser temperature correct
- Inspect suction line temperature
- Confirm operation of drive belt & pulley ok
- Confirm that thermostats and valves are operating correctly
- Check condenser fins are free of dirt or debris
- Assessment of hose and component condition
- Evacuation and recharge of refrigerant (where required)
- System line and component assesment with electronic tester
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 prevent it seizing up. When the air filters become obstructed with dirt and bacteria it will affect the performance of the entire system and it can even cause it to cease functioning altogether. On top of degrading air conditioner performance, dirty air filters can cause all kinds of health problems too.
An automotive air conditioning system needs to be examined once a year for any signs of issues with the connections, hoses and seals to ensure refrigerant levels are being maintained over time. Regular service of 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 reduces fuel consumed.
A car air conditioning is designed to extract heat from the air within the passenger area of the car then send 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 operates in a way similar to a domestic refrigerator, there are a number of crucial differences. Due to the fact it is mounted on your car, the air conditioning system is subjected to an astronomical amount of movement and vibration in addition to having to function outdoors.
Being exposed to the elements and very harsh operating temperatures and being expected to function occasionally rather than being 'Always On' can have a detrimental effect on the connections, seals and hoses. An automotive air conditioner system needs to be checked once a year while being 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 damp environment inside the evaporator core can promote the development of microbes, bacteria and even fungus growth. 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, they have an increased capability to trap moisture and allow for micro-organism development.
Eagle Auto Care mechanics have access to specialised ultrasonic technology to destroy any micro-organisms that may be causing bad odours 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.