Car Air Conditioning Service
Jiffy Car Care are the logical choice to handle all of your Car Air Conditioner repair, service or inspections in Jandakot and the surrounding areas.
Modern cars tend to be quite complex and just like the engine, your 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. A car air conditioner uses refrigerant to extract excess heat from the air in the passenger area of the car then exhaust it out of the car, leaving only cooled or 'conditioned' air to be recirculated. It should be considered criticall to conduct an assessment of the condition of the rubber seals for any signs of leaks or decline which could indicate a continuing loss of refrigerant.
Loss of refrigerant from evaporation or leakage means your air con system will begin to deteriorate and have to work harder raising the amount of fuel you burn. Even new cars can lose around 20% of their refrigerant gas in the first two years.
To run in optimum condition it is strongly recommended that the refrigerant in your Vehicle 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 every twelve months means you can help prevent costly breakdowns now and in the future - and a well serviced Car Air Conditioner actually saves you money because it expends less fuel.
Your vehicle should be inspected by a qualified workshop such as Jiffy Car Care regularly to ensure the air conditioner system continues performing as it should as well as having the mechanics assess the condition of the entire car.
Repco Authorised Car Service mechanics perform a 65 point safety check with every service and are able to warn you about any components that may need to be replaced in the near future or those that are already worn beyond repair.
Jiffy Car Care in Jandakot are qualified to perform air conditioning repairs, services and regas on most makes and models.
Air Conditioning FAQ's
A car air conditioning system is made up of 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, the evaporator (a type of heat exchanger) to extract heat from the car and remove moisture from refrigerant and an expansion device either a thermal expansion valve (TXV) or an orifice tube, (subject to the sort of air-con system used).
Your car air conditioning system is designed to absorb the heat from the air within the interior area of the car then exhaust it to the exterior, 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 does a car air conditioning service consist of?
A typical air conditioner service may include
Evaluate air vent temperature
- Evaluate condenser temperature
- Assess suction line temperature
- Check operation of drive belt & pulley ok
- Confirm that valves and thermostats are operating correctly
- Confirm condenser fins are clean
- Ensure adequate condition of of hoses and components
- Evacuation and recharge of refrigerant (where required)
- System line and component assesment with electronic tester
Why do I need a car air conditioner system service?
Seizure of the compressor can be avoided by checking or changing the oil level in the refrigerant. When the air filters are blocked with dirt and bacteria it will affect the performance of the entire system and it can even cause it to fail altogether. Aside from degrading air conditioner efficiency, dirty air filters can cause all kinds of health problems too.
Your car air conditioning system needs to be inspected annually for any signs of decay of the seals, hoses and connections and confirm there is no leaking of refrigerant over time. Regularly servicing your vehicle 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 usage.
Your car air conditioning system is designed to absorb the heat from the air within the interior area of the car and transfer it to the exterior, 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.
Even though it carries out its task in a similar way to a domestic refrigerator, there are several crucial differences. As it is mounted on your car, the air conditioner is subject to a considerable amount of movement and vibration in addition to operating outdoors.
Being exposed to the mercy of the elements and very extreme operating temperatures and being run occasionally rather than being 'Always On' can cause problems on the connections, seals and hoses. Your vehicle air conditioning system ought to be checked annually while being serviced 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 moist environment inside the evaporator core can support the development of bacteria, microbes and even fungus growth. This can lead to nasty smells and possibly even be bad for the health of any vehicle occupants. Newer type evaporator units tend to be more efficient, but more fins equals increased capability to trap moisture and allow for micro-organism development.
Jiffy Car Care mechanics will use special ultrasonic technology to deal with any micro-organisms that may cause unpleasant 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.