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Car Air Conditioning Service
KATS Automotive Services are the best mechanics to perform all of your Vehicle Air Conditioner service, repair and inspections in East Brisbane and the surrounding areas.
Modern vehicles tend to be quite complex and just like the engine, your vehicles air conditioner system has elements that need to be serviced or replaced on a regular basis.
Don’t Melt In Your Car
Send the heat packing. A car air conditioning system uses refrigerant to remove the excess heat from the air within the interior of the vehicle then carry it out of the car, leaving only cooled or 'conditioned' air behind to be recirculated. It's therefore crucial to make a careful examination of the condition of the rubber seals for any signs of leaks or failure which could indicate a continuing loss of refrigerant.
If this refrigerant starts to leak or evaporate your air con system will begin to deteriorate and have to work harder raising your fuel consumption. Even new cars can lose around 20% of their refrigerant gas within 2 years of purchase.
To avoid this issue it is strongly recommended that the refrigerant in your Vehicle Air Conditioning system is replenished completely within four years of the manufacture date and every two to three years after that.
Having your car's air conditioning serviced every twelve months means you often assist prevention of costly breakdowns now and in the future - and a well serviced Automotive Air Conditioner actually saves you money because it reduces fuel expenditure.
You should bring your vehicle to a qualified workshop such as KATS Automotive Services regularly to make sure the air conditioning system continues performing correctly 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 give you a warning about any items that may need replacement in the near future or those that are already damaged beyond repair.
KATS Automotive Services in East Brisbane are qualified to perform air conditioning repairs, services and regas on most makes and models.
Air Conditioning FAQ's
An automotive air conditioning system can be classified into four basic parts - a belt driven pump called a compressor to compress and circulate refrigerant gas, a condenser, which behaves similarly to a radiator to release heat and condense gas to a liquid, a heat exchanger called an evaporator to remove heat from the car and remove moisture from 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 car air conditioning system is designed to remove heat from the air within the interior of the vehicle then carry it out of the vehicle, 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 makes up a car air conditioner service?
A typical air conditioner service may include
Air vent temperature check
- Evaluate condenser temperature
- Suction line temperature check
- Corrections of drive belt and pulley
- Validate correct operation of thermostats and valves
- Cleaning of the condenser fins
- Assessment of component and hose 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?
The compressor needs the right amount of oil in the refrigerant to prevent it from seizing up. 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 fail to operate altogether. Aside from impacting air conditioner performance, dirty air filters can cause all kinds of health problems too.
Your vehicle air conditioning system ought to be checked for problems annually for any signs of problems with the connections, seals and hoses to make sure refrigerant levels have not diminished over time. Regular service of your auto 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 means less fuel is being used.
Your car air conditioning system is designed to remove heat from the air within the interior of the vehicle and carry it out of the vehicle, 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.
While it functions much like a domestic refrigerator, there are still some crucial differences. Seeing as it is mounted on your car, the air conditioner is subject to an epic amount of movement and vibration in addition to functioning outdoors.
Being exposed to the elements and very extreme operating conditions and being operated intermittently rather than being 'Always On' can cause decay of the seals, hoses and connections. An automotive air conditioning system ought to be checked once a year while being properly 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 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. Modern evaporator units tend to be more efficient, yet have increased capability to trap moisture and allow for micro-organism development.
KATS Automotive Services mechanics are able to use specialist ultrasonic technology to ensure the removal of any micro-organisms that may cause 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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