Car Air Conditioning Service
Windsor's Automotive are the logical choice to handle all of your Automotive Air Conditioning repairs, inspections and servicing in Bathurst and the surrounding areas.
Todays vehicles can be very complex and just like the engine, an automotive air conditioning system has components that need to be serviced or replaced on a regular basis.
Don’t Melt In Your Car
Send the heat packing. Automotive air conditioners use refrigerant to withdraw the heat from the air in the interior area of the car and expell it to the exterior, leaving only cooled or 'conditioned' air behind to be redistributed. It should be considered crucial that the rubber seals are examined for any signs of leaks or wear which could be a warning of a loss of refrigerant.
Evaporation occurring naturally over time or leaks may reduce refrigerant pressure meaning your air con system will begin to deteriorate and have to work harder meaning you are using even more fuel. Even new cars can lose as much as 20% of their refrigerant gas within two years of purchase.
To address this situation it is strongly recommended that the refrigerant in your Automotive Air Conditioner system 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 generally help prevention of costly breakdowns now and in the future - and a well serviced Vehicle Air Conditioning system actually saves you money because it reduces the amount of fuel you burn.
Your car should be brought to a qualified workshop such as Windsor's Automotive on a regular basis to ensure the air conditioner system continues performing in optimum conditon as well as having the mechanics check the condition of the whole vehicle.
Repco Authorised Car Service mechanics perform a 65 point safety check with every service and are able to warn you about any items that may need replacement in the near future or those that are already worn beyond repair.
Windsor's Automotive in Bathurst are qualified to take charge of air conditioning repairs, services and regas on most makes and models.
Air Conditioning FAQ's
A car air conditioner system is composed of four basic parts - a compressor (Pump driven by the engine,) which compresses and circulate gas, a radiator like unit known as a condenser to redistribute heat and condense gas to a liquid, a heat exchanger called an evaporator to remove heat from the car and dehumidify refrigerant and an expansion device usually an orifice tube or a thermal expansion valve (TXV), (dependent on the type of air-con system used).
A vehicle air conditioner is designed to absorb the heat from the air within the interior area of the car and expell it out of the vehicle, leaving only cooled or 'conditioned' air behind 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 does a car air conditioner service involve?
A typical air conditioner service may include
Evaluate air vent temperature
- Check condenser temperature correct
- Check suction line temperature is correct
- Confirm operation of drive belt & pulley ok
- Check that thermostats and valves are operating correctly
- Check condenser fins are free of dirt or debris
- Check condition of of components and hoses
- Evacuation and recharge of refrigerant (where required)
- Use electronic leak detector to ensure no system lines and components leak
Why do I need a car air conditioner system service?
Compressor seizure can be avoided by checking or changing the oil level in the refrigerant. Should the air filters get blocked with dirt and bacteria it will affect the performance of the entire system and it can even cause it to fail to function altogether. On top of impacting air conditioner efficiency, dirty air filters can cause all kinds of health problems too.
A car air conditioning system must be checked for problems annually for any signs of issues with the hoses, connections and seals and confirm there is no loss of refrigerant over time. Regularly servicing your car air conditioning 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 minimises fuel expenditure.
A vehicle air conditioner is designed to absorb the heat from the air within the interior area of the car and exhaust it out of the vehicle, leaving only cooled or 'conditioned' air behind 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.
Even though it carries out its task in a way similar to a domestic refrigerator, there are still crucial differences. Due to the fact it is mounted on your car, the air conditioner is subject to an extensive amount of movement and vibration as well as having to function outdoors.
Being exposed to the elements and very intense operating conditions and being in use occasionally rather than being 'Always On' can cause breakdown of the hoses, connections and seals. A car air conditioner system needs to be checked yearly in addition to 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 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. Although modern evaporator units tend to be more efficient, the addition of extra fins leads to an increased ability to trap moisture, allowing micro-organism development.
Windsor's Automotive mechanics have the capability to use special ultrasonic technology to eliminate any micro-organisms that may be causing bad smells 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.