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Car Air Conditioning Service
Bonola Automotive are able to take charge of all of your Vehicle Air Conditioner repairs, service and inspections in Greensborough and the surrounding areas.
Todays vehicles can be very complex and just like the engine, your vehicles air conditioner system has components that need to be serviced or replaced on a regular basis.
Don’t Melt In Your Car
Send the heat packing. Your car air conditioning system uses refrigerant to extract excess heat from the air in the interior area of the car then expell it out of the vehicle, leaving only cooled or 'conditioned' air behind to be recirculated. It is therefore crucial that the rubber seals are checked for any signs of leaks or cracks which may contribute to an ongoing loss of refrigerant.
Leakage of refrigerant and evaporation mean that your air con system will begin to deteriorate and have to work harder meaning more fuel is being burned. Even new cars can lose around 20% of their refrigerant gas in the first two years.
To run most efficiently it is strongly recommended that the refrigerant in your Vehicle Air Conditioner is refilled completely within four years of the manufacture date and every two to three years after that.
A yearly car air conditioning service means you assist in preventing costly breakdowns now and in the future - and a well serviced Car Air Conditioner system actually saves you money because it consumes less fuel.
Your car should be taken to a qualified workshop such as Bonola Automotive regularly to ensure the air conditioner system continues performing at its best as well as having the mechanics advise you on 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 components that may need to be renewed in the near future or those that are already damaged beyond repair.
Bonola Automotive in Greensborough are qualified to undertake air conditioning repairs, services and regas on most makes and models (AU23554).
Air Conditioning FAQ's
A car air conditioning system is composed of four basic parts - a belt driven pump known as a compressor to compress and circulate gas, the condenser to release 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 an orifice tube or a thermal expansion valve (TXV), (depending on the kind of air-con system used).
Your car air conditioning system is designed to remove the excess heat from the air in the vehicle then expell it to the outside, leaving only cooled or 'conditioned' air 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 takes place in a a car air conditioner service?
A typical air conditioner service may include
Ensure air vent temperature correct
- Inspect condenser temperature
- Confirm suction line temperature ok
- Pulley and drive belt adjusted
- Confirm correct operation of thermostats and valves
- Ensure cleanliness of the condenser fins
- Ensure good condition of of components and hoses
- Evacuation and recharge of refrigerant (where required)
- test 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 can prevent the compressor seizing up. Should the air filters get choked with dirt and bacteria it will affect the performance of the entire system and it can even cause it to quit functioning completely. As well as impacting air conditioner performance, dirty air filters can cause all kinds of health problems too.
An air conditioning system should be checked for problems annually for any signs of failures in the connections, seals and hoses to ensure refrigerant pressure is being maintained 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 results in a reduction of fuel expenditure.
Your car air conditioning system is designed to remove the excess heat from the air in the vehicle and send it to the outside, leaving only cooled or 'conditioned' air 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.
While it carries out its task similarly to a domestic refrigerator, there are still several significant differences. As it is mounted on your car, the air conditioner is subject to a prodigious amount of movement and vibration as well as having to perform in an outdoor environment.
Being exposed to the mercy of the elements and very diverse operating conditions and being expected to operate intermittently rather than being 'Always On' can cause issues with the connections, hoses and seals. Your automotive air conditioner must be examined once a year as well as being serviced at least 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 support 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.
Bonola Automotive mechanics can use specialist ultrasonic technology to eliminate any micro-organisms that may be causing 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.
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