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Car Air Conditioning Service
Torrisi Automotive should be your first choice conduct all of your Car Air Conditioner repair, servicing and inspections in Matraville and the surrounding areas.
Torrisi Automotive care about the environment and have Arctick Authorisation to reliably and responsibly conduct automotive air conditioning service (AU39374). ARC Approved Car Air Conditioning Servicing reduces Fuel Costs and protects your health.
Modern cars tend to be quite complex and just like the engine, a vehicles 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. A car air conditioning system uses refrigerant to take the heat from the air in the interior of the vehicle and exhaust it outside, leaving only cooled or 'conditioned' air behind to be redistributed. It's therefore crucial to evaluate the condition of the rubber seals for any signs of leaks or problems which could point to a loss of refrigerant.
Low refrigerant due to leaks or evaporation means 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 2 years.
To avoid this issue it is strongly recommended that the refrigerant in your Automotive Air Conditioning system is refilled completely within four years of the manufacture date and every two to three years after that.
Getting your car's air conditioning serviced yearly means you can help protect against costly breakdowns now and in the future - and a well serviced Car Air Conditioner system actually saves you money because it results in a reduction of fuel expenditure.
Your car should be inspected by a qualified workshop such as Torrisi Automotive on a regular basis to ensure the air conditioner system continues performing in top conditon as well as having the mechanics check the condition of the entire car.
Repco Authorised Car Service mechanics perform a 65 Point Vehicle Inspection report with every service and are often able to provide a warning about any items that may need to be renewed in the near future or those that are already damaged beyond repair.
Torrisi Automotive in Matraville are qualified to undertake air conditioning repairs, services and regas on most makes and models (AU39374).
Air Conditioning FAQ's
A car air conditioning system can be broken down to four basic parts - a compressor (Pump driven by the engine,) which compresses and circulate gas, a radiator like unit called a condenser (removes heat and condenses gas to a liquid), the evaporator (a type of heat exchanger) to take the 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 air-con system used).
Your car air conditioning system is designed to absorb heat from the air in the interior area of the car and exhaust it to the outside, leaving only cooled or 'conditioned' air behind 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 takes place in a a car air conditioning service?
A typical air conditioner service may include
Make sure air vent temperature is correct
- ensure condenser temperature correct
- Suction line temperature inspection
- Check correct drive belt & pulley operation
- Check correct operation of valves and thermostats
- Ensure condenser fins are clean
- Inspection 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 passing through the compressor can help avoid it seizing up. Should 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 quit working altogether. Along with impacting air conditioner performance, dirty air filters can cause all kinds of health problems too.
Your automotive air conditioner should be checked for problems yearly for any signs of breakdown of the connections, hoses and seals to ensure there is no leaking of refrigerant over time. Regularly servicing 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 minimises fuel usage.
Your car air conditioning system is designed to absorb heat from the air in the interior area of the car then transfer it to the outside, leaving only cooled or 'conditioned' air behind 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.
Even though it operates in a similar way to a domestic refrigerator, there are a couple of significant differences. Seeing as it is mounted on your car, the air conditioning unit is subject to a huge amount of movement and vibration as well as having to function outdoors.
Being exposed to the mercy of the elements and very difficult operating conditions and being expected to function occasionally rather than being 'Always On' can cause breakdown of the seals, hoses and connections. A vehicle air conditioner system ought to be inspected annually and 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 damp environment can promote the development of bacteria, microbes and even fungus growth inside the evaporator core. This can lead to nasty smells and possibly even be bad for the health of any vehicle occupants. Modern evaporator units may be more efficient but they are often more likely to trap moisture allowing microorganism growth.
Torrisi Automotive mechanics have access to special ultrasonic technology to deal with any micro-organisms that may be the source of bad 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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