Car Air Conditioning Service
Marjac Automotive are able to take charge of all of your Vehicle Air Conditioner repairs, servicing or inspections in Maroochydore and the surrounding areas.
Todays vehicles are quite complex and just like the engine, a vehicles air conditioner has elements that need to be serviced or replaced on a regular basis.
Don’t Melt In Your Car
Send the heat packing. An air conditioner uses refrigerant to withdraw the heat from the air within the interior area of the vehicle and carry it out of the car, leaving only cooled or 'conditioned' air to be redistributed. It should be considered criticall to inspect the condition of the rubber seals for any signs of leaks or wearing which could well be allowing a loss of refrigerant.
Leaks or evaporation of this refrigerant means your air con system will begin to deteriorate and have to work harder raising the amount of fuel you use. Even new cars can lose around twenty percent of their refrigerant gas within 2 years of purchase.
To allow for this situation it is strongly recommended that the refrigerant in your Car Air Conditioning system is replenished 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 assist preventing costly breakdowns now and in the future - and a well serviced Automotive Air Conditioner system actually saves you money because it results in a reduction of fuel consumed.
You ought to take your vehicle to a qualified workshop such as Marjac Automotive on a regular basis to make sure the air conditioning system continues performing at its best 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 can provide a warning about any items that may need to be renewed in the near future or those that are already damaged beyond repair.
Marjac Automotive in Maroochydore are qualified to conduct 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 compressor (Pump driven by the engine,) which compresses and circulate gas, a radiator like unit called a condenser to remove heat and condense gas to a liquid, a heat exchanger called an evaporator to exhaust the heat from the car and remove moisture from refrigerant and an expansion device which could be an orifice tube or a thermal expansion valve (TXV), (subject to the kind of air conditioner system used).
An automotive air conditioning is designed to extract excess heat from the air in the interior of the vehicle and 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 happens during a car air conditioner service?
A typical air conditioner service may include
Ensure air vent temperature correct
- Condenser temperature inspection
- Make sure suction line temperature is correct
- Adjust pulley and drive belt
- Confirm correct operation of valves and thermostats
- Ensure condenser fins are clean
- Inspect condition of of components and hoses
- Evacuation and recharge of refrigerant (where required)
- Electronically inspect system lines and components for leaks
Why do I need a car air conditioner system service?
Checking or changing the oil level in the refrigerant you protect the compressor and stop it from seizing up. If the air filters become jammed with dirt and bacteria it will affect the performance of the entire system and it can even cause it to stop functioning completely. In addition to impacting air conditioner performance, dirty air filters can cause all kinds of health problems too.
Your automotive air conditioner must be examined yearly for any signs of issues with the seals, hoses and connections to ensure there is no loss 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 reduces fuel consumption.
An automotive air conditioning is designed to extract excess heat from the air in the interior of the vehicle then send 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 carries out its task much like a domestic refrigerator, there are also crucial differences. Being mounted on your car, the air conditioning system is subjected to a colossal amount of movement and vibration in addition to operating in an outdoor environment.
Being exposed to the elements and very diverse operating temperatures and being operated occasionally rather than being 'Always On' can have a detrimental effect on the seals, hoses and connections Your air conditioning System must be examined once a year and 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 become a breeding ground for microbes, bacteria and even fungus due to the moist environment. 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.
Marjac Automotive mechanics have access to specialised ultrasonic technology to ensure the removal of any micro-organisms that may be the source of bad odours 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.