Car Air Conditioning
To maintain consistent efficient cool air inflow in the summer and warm dehumified air in winter, have your air con system inspected by your local trusted mechanic.
Now a common feature in most modern cars, car air conditioning systems cool the vehicle and its occupants in hot weather. To guarantee your car air con is in its best condition and would run smoothly you can book an air con service online or call Geoff Nichols Engines now!
Your car air conditioning filters pollutants and airborne dust particles to keep clean air inside your car, creating an odour free and pleasant environment regardless of the conditions outside. To keep to optimum condition, the car air conditioning system should be run at least once a week. This is especially crucial in winter as when usused, the seals within the system can dry up and shrink, potentially costing more in new parts and repair when it breaks down.
A car air con system consists of four basic parts - a mechanical compressor (driven by the engine), an expansion valve (a restriction the compressor pumps against) and two heat exchangers (the evaporator and the condenser), with refrigerant fluid circulating through the system.
Your air conditoner is designed to move heat from the inside of your car to outside and bring cold air in. By analogy, it functions similarly to a refrigerator, and since it operates outdoors under stressful conditions, it requires regular maintenance - just like any modern technology that contains many parts.
You should bring your car in to a qualified car service workshop regularly to ensure the air con is running at it's top condition, as well as have the mechanics inspect the condition of the whole vehicle. Repco Authorised Car Service mechanics perform a 65 Point Vehicle Inspection Report with every service to alert you about the items that may need replacing in near future and the ones that are worn down beyond repair. Call us now or book a repair online!
Why does the car air conditioner need to be recharged?
Simply by cooling the air in your car under normal running conditions, the filters get dirty, seals may dry, pipes get leaks and the air con system can lose up to 15% of its refrigerant in a year - so in just three years the refrigerant in the system may have dropped to half of the original levels. Low fluids can prevent efficient air cleaning and even damage the air con unit. It is a good idea to have your air conditioning system inspected in your regular car servicing check-ups to prolong the life of the air con system. Even without leaks, the gas in a car air con system should be recharged in the first four years of expluatation and every two-three years after that, just to keep the air con system at peak running condition.
Why should I get my air con serviced?
You should be in full confidence that all the air con components are in full working condition, instead of simply noting the gradual decrease of output as natural wearing down of the car parts under use. Regular air con system servicing ensures the refrigerant levels are topped up, the pressures are correct, hoses, pipes, seals are properly functioning and there are no leaks.
Car Air Conditioning Singleton
Your air conditioning system keeps the atmosphere in the interior of your vehicle pleasant and enjoyable.
Better air during your car journeys allow you to concentrate better and safely arrive at your destination. Our mechanics have years of experience installing and servicing air conditioning systems in commercial and private vehicles. Call Geoff Nichols Engines in Singleton NSW now or make a car service appointment online!
Why does my car air conditioning system need to be serviced?
Just by working under normal everyday conditions, your car air conditioning refrigerant fluid loses 10-20% of it's capacity through hoses and connection elements signficantly reducing the cooling capability. Since the refrigerant fluid serves as a carrier medium for lubricant oil, the compressor oil supply is no longer guaranteed and cause unwanted damage leading to expensive repairs. Also the dryer unit capturing the humidity inside the system can be fully saturated within two years of operation - and if not replaced regularly, causes corrosion due to high volume of water in system. Your vehicle air conditioning systems require regular servicing, at least once a year or as part of your regular car servicing schedule.
Air flow through the interior filter is reduced the more it is used, can cause fogged windows, unpleasant smells and damage the fan motor. Up to 300 cubic metres of outside air flow though the filter per hour, thus in about a year the filter has been clogged to the point of needing replacing. The less flow is allowed through the filter, the more strain on interior fan motor is experienced which can cause overheating.
What happens during an air conditioning service?
Our Repco Auto Tech trained mechanics typically discharge the refrigerant and clear the system from moisture with a high vacuum pump. A visual inspection is performed on all components, ensuring the connection and drive elements, as well as wiring and operating elements are in optimum condition. If needed, the dryer and interior filter are replaced. The system is then recharged with the manufacturer specified amount of refrigerant and our mechanics perform a functional and leak test, documenting the results. Call us for a free car service quote or use our online booking form now!
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