Car Air Conditioning Service
Uphill Automotive (AU07267) are able to undertake all of your Automotive Air Conditioner servicing, repair and inspections in Tamworth and the surrounding areas.
Todays cars are quite complex and just like the engine, a typical car air conditioning system has elements that need to be serviced or replaced on a regular basis.
Don’t Melt In Your Car
Send the heat packing. Car air conditioning uses refrigerant to extract heat from the air within the interior of the vehicle and transfer it to the exterior, leaving only cooled or 'conditioned' air to be recirculated. It is important to conduct an inspection of the condition of the rubber seals for any signs of leaks or decline which could be contributing to a loss of refrigerant.
Evaporation or leaking of thisrefrigerant means your air con system will begin to deteriorate and have to work harder meaning more fuel is being consumed. Even new cars can lose around 20% of their refrigerant gas in the first 2 years.
To run most efficiently it is strongly recommended that the refrigerant in your Car Air Conditioner is recharged completely within four years of the manufacture date and every two to three years after that.
Having your car's air conditioning serviced every 12 months means you may help protect your system from costly breakdowns now and in the future - and a well serviced Vehicle Air Conditioner system actually saves you money because it means less fuel is being used.
You should bring your car to a qualified workshop such as Uphill Automotive (AU07267) regularly to make sure the air conditioning system continues performing efficiently, as well as having the mechanics evaluate the condition of the entire car.
Repco Authorised Car Service mechanics perform a 65 point safety check with every service and are usually able to alert you to any items that may need to be replaced in the near future or those that are already damaged beyond repair.
Uphill Automotive in Tamworth are qualified to perform air conditioning repairs, services and regas on most makes and models - Lic# AU07267.
Air Conditioning FAQ's
A car air conditioner system contains four basic parts - a compressor (Pump driven by the engine,) which compresses and circulates refrigerant gas, a radiator like unit called a condenser (dissipates heat and condense gas to a liquid), a heat exchanger called an evaporator to extract heat from the car and dehumidify refrigerant and an expansion device usually a thermal expansion valve (TXV) or an orifice tube, (depending on the type of air conditioner system used).
A vehicle air conditioning is designed to absorb heat from the air within the inside of the vehicle and transfer 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 happens during a car air conditioner service?
A typical air conditioner service may include
Inspect air vent temperature
- Ensure condenser temperature correct
- Suction line temperature inspection
- Corrections of pulley and drive belt
- Check operation of thermostats and valves
- Clean the fins of the condenser
- Confirm adequate condition of of hoses and components
- Evacuation and recharge of refrigerant (where required)
- Use electronic leak detector to asses 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. Should 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 to work completely. Aside from degrading air conditioner performance, dirty air filters can cause all kinds of health problems too.
Your automotive air conditioner should be checked for problems once a year for any signs of problems with the seals, hoses and connections and confirm the refrigerant has not leaked 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 reduces the amount of fuel you burn.
A vehicle air conditioning is designed to absorb heat from the air within the inside of the vehicle and carry 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 much like a domestic refrigerator, there are still a couple of significant differences. Seeing as it is mounted on your car, the air conditioning system is subject to a tremendous amount of movement and vibration as well as having to operate outdoors.
Being exposed to the elements and very extreme operating temperatures and being expected to function occasionally rather than being 'Always On' can cause issues with the seals, hoses and connections. Your car air conditioner must be checked once a year as well as being properly 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 damp environment inside the evaporator core can promote the development of bacteria, microbes and even fungus growth. This can lead to nasty smells and possibly even be bad for the health of any vehicle occupants. While modern evaporator units may be more efficient, having more fins means they are often more likely to trap moisture allowing microorganism growth.
Uphill Automotive mechanics can use specialist ultrasonic technology to eradicate any micro-organisms that may be the source of unpleasant 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.