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Car Air Conditioning Service
The Engine Bay have the skills to take care of all of your Car Air Conditioner repair, service and inspections in Salisbury Plain and the surrounding areas.
Todays cars are often very complex and just like the engine, a typical automotive air conditioner system has components that need to be serviced or replaced on a regular basis.
The Engine Bay care about the environment and have Arctick Authorisation (AU27734) to reliably and responsibly conduct automotive air conditioning service in and around Salisbury Plain. The ARC Tick of Approval helps ensure technicians have the skills and knowledge to correctly undertake service and repairs of refrigerated air conditioning to minimise environmental impact. We are also fully licenced to handle refrigerant gas (L006846) meaning we can service older car air conditioners too.
Don’t Melt In Your Car
Send the heat packing. Car air conditioner systems use refrigerant to extract heat from the air within the inside of the car and move it out of the vehicle, leaving only cooled or 'conditioned' air behind to be recirculated. It should be considered crucial to evaluate the condition of the rubber seals for any signs of leaks or wearing which could indicate a continuing loss of refrigerant.
As evaporation or leaks reduce refrigerant levels your air con system will begin to deteriorate and have to work harder increasing your fuel usage. Even new cars can lose approximately 20% of their refrigerant gas in the first two years.
To compensate for this problem it is strongly recommended that the refrigerant in your Vehicle Air Conditioner is recharged completely within four years of the manufacture date and every two to three years after that.
Getting your car's air conditioning serviced annually means you may assist preventing costly breakdowns now and in the future - and a well serviced Car Air Conditioner actually saves you money because it consumes less fuel.
Your car should be inspected by a qualified workshop such as The Engine Bay regularly to make sure the air conditioning system continues performing in optimum conditon as well as having the mechanics inspect the condition of the entire car.
Repco Authorised Car Service mechanics perform a 65 Point Vehicle Inspection report with every service and are able to alert you to any items that may need replacement in the near future or those that are already worn beyond repair.
The Engine Bay in Salisbury Plain are qualified to perform air conditioning repairs, services and regas on most makes and models. (AU27734, L006846)
Air Conditioning FAQ's
An automotive air conditioner system could be seen as having four basic parts - a pump, driven by a belt and called a compressor (to compress and ciculate gas), a radiator like unit called a condenser to remove 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 which could be an orifice tube or a thermal expansion valve (TXV), (depending on the type of air-con system used).
An automotive air conditioner is designed to extract the heat from the air within the inside of the car and move it 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 does a car air conditioner service consist of?
A typical air conditioner service may include
Air vent temperature inspection
- Check condenser temperature correct
- Suction line temperature test
- Adjustments of pulley and drive belt
- Confirm that thermostats and valves are operating correctly
- Clean the fins of the condenser
- Inspection of hoses and components
- Evacuation and recharge of refrigerant (where required)
- Check system lines and components for leaks with an electronic leak detector
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 clogged with dirt and bacteria it will affect the performance of the entire system and it can even cause it to quit completely. Aside from inhibiting air conditioner performance, dirty air filters can cause all kinds of health problems too.
Your automotive air conditioner system ought to be examined yearly for any signs of problems with the connections, hoses and seals to make sure there is no leaking of refrigerant 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 results in a reduction of fuel being used up.
Why does the car air conditioner need to be recharged?
An automotive air conditioner is designed to extract the heat from the air within the inside of the car and move it 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 operates in a way like a domestic refrigerator, there are a couple of significant differences. Because it is mounted on your car, the air conditioning system is subject to a gigantic amount of movement and vibration in addition to performing in an outdoor environment.
Being exposed to the elements and very diverse operating temperatures and being run occasionally rather than being 'Always On' can cause decay of the hoses, connections and seals. An air conditioner must be inspected annually 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
Can I service my own Air Conditioner?
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.
What is the creating the bad smell in car air conditioning systems?
The moist environment can promote 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. Newer type evaporator units tend to be more efficient, yet have increased capability to trap moisture and allow for micro-organism development.
The Engine Bay mechanics have access to specialised ultrasonic technology to deal with 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.
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