What are the benefits of regular checking/ servicing of air conditioning unit?
Your car loses, on average, 12% of its operating power when your air conditioning is on, in cases where it’s not regularly serviced this percentage increases. Your air conditioning gas dissipates by about 10% per year so we recommend getting the air conditioning in your vehicle serviced every year. A handy maintenance tip is to run your air conditioning all year round, this keeps oil seals and hoses moist and lubricated and prevents them from drying out and cracking and needing to be replaced down the track.
We recommend that any time A/C components are changed or serviced the receiver dryer or accumulator should be replaced to prevent corrosion or moisture in the A/C system.
We also offer a deodorising and sanitizing service that removes smoking odours and other foul odours that can be stagnating in your air conditioning unit and vehicle, and the perfect time to do this is when your air conditioning is being serviced. It’s much more effective than hanging a smelly perfume fragrance over your rear vision mirror.
What is involved in servicing my air conditioning unit?
Firstly we check the cabin vents with a thermometer, the optimum temperature is 4-8oC.
We then inspect a lot of things; pollen filter, cabin filter, fan operation, compressor, belts, drain plug, condenser, evaporator and the air conditioning button operation as well as other associated vents to ensure that there is no blockages in the system that’s preventing the air getting inside the car.
Then we connect the air conditioning system gauges to the A/C conditioning unit to check the gas pressure within the unit, we check for leaks and if one cannot be detected we need to remove and replace all gas with one which contains a UV dye. Then by using special glasses we can look for leaks and repair as required. The UV dye also has lubricating properties for the hoses and seals and other components within the unit.
Different cars run different gases but we will only re-gas with R134A or newer as this is the safest for the environment. Gas that has been removed has to be stored in cylinders and then is taken to go to a gas recycling plant.