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Auto Air Conditioning Service

Maintaining Air Conditioning Efficiency In Your Vehicle

In Australia’s hot, dry climate – an air conditioning system that cools your car effectively is crucial.

The Importance of Vehicle Air Conditioner Maintenance

Regardless of whether it’s a daily commute or a long road trip, a functioning and efficient car air conditioning system makes a significant difference to your overall driving experience. The aircon system does more than just provide relief from the outside heat, with it playing a crucial part in moderating humidity levels within the cabin and filtering airborne particles – this highlights the importance of regular air conditioning servicing and maintenance.

Maintenance of your vehicle’s air conditioning system involves a range of aspects. Generally, it includes checking and recharging refrigerant levels, cleaning the evaporator and consider coils, and monitoring the performance of the system’s hardware. An air conditioner that is well maintained guarantees your comfort but also removes stale air and odours, providing your vehicle’s cabin with a fresh and pleasant atmosphere.

Vehicle Air Conditioner Components

The typical vehicle air conditioning system includes four main components – the compressor, the condenser, the accumulator and the evaporator. These components work in tandem to operate a complex process of cooling, drying and circulating air through your vehicle.

Your compressor is at the heart of the air conditioning setup, driving the entire process by pressurising the refrigerant and circulating it through the system. The condenser, generally located near the front grill of your vehicle, functions like a radiator to disperse heat carried by the refrigerant. The accumulator is responsible for filtration and removing moisture from the refrigerant to prevent damage, while the evaporator cools and dehumidifies air before it enters the cabin.

Having a basic understanding of these components assists vehicle owners to recognise the importance of maintaining a regular service schedule of the system. This will ensure each component’s operation is efficient, increasing the overall performance and longevity of the system.

Tips For Air Conditioner Maintenance

Your car’s air conditioning is used almost every day, becoming a necessity over the hot, dry Perth summers. However, this can lead to overworked aircon systems which increases the risk of malfunction. It is advisable to keep the following tips in mind to ensure the effective operation of your vehicle’s air conditioner:

Avoid ‘Pre-Cooling’ Your Car

There are many people who tend to start their aircon before driving, but doing so can be a waste of time and fuel. Your vehicle’s air conditioner works far more efficiently while driving – this is because the compressor is able to run faster with the rotation of the crankshaft of your engine. Opening the door, sunroof or windows initially will aid in removing the hot air from inside the cabin, allowing the car to cool faster.

Run Weekly on Defrost Mode

It is advisable to run your air conditioner weekly for at least 10 minutes on defrost mode. The aircon should be set to the coolest setting and the maximum speed – this maintains gas pressure, keeps your compressor running well, cleans out moisture and prevents mildew. This includes running your system through winter, which helps to remove humidity and defog your windscreen.

Ensure Your Filter Is Clean

A dirty cabin air filter will impact on the effectiveness of airflow in your air conditioning system. It is recommended you check your air filter to ensure it is clean, if the filter has accumulated a lot of dirt then it is time to replace it. It is possible to check your cabin air filter by yourself, however it is recommended you go to your preferred qualified mechanic if you’re unsure.

Keep Your Vehicle’s Interior Tidy

Over time, a build up of bacteria can thrive in the internal workings of your vehicle’s aircon system. Maintaining the interior of your car by cleaning, vacuuming and dusting regularly aids in preventing the accumulation of dust and dirt. There is the option to have an anti-bacterial clean of your vehicle’s air conditioning system, which will help in keeping your car fresh and odour free.

Maintain A Regular Service Schedule

The best way to maintain the function and effectiveness of your air conditioning system is to get it regularly serviced at your preferred mechanic. During an aircon service, all hoses and components will be tested to ensure they are operating properly, checked for leaks or damage, and will be replaced or repaired if required. One of the expert service team at Pace Auto Werks will be able to detect leaks and damage in your system and recommend the best course of action to keep you cool throughout the summer.

Why Choose Us?

With a wealth of knowledge and experience accumulated since 1999, Pace Auto Werks is one of Perth’s premier mechanics specialising in the service of a range of European marques. With full accreditation from the Australian Refrigeration Council to carry out any automotive air conditioning service or repair, our experienced team of first class technicians are well equipped to assist you.

With a strong focus on providing a level of customer service and satisfaction that is second to none, our team pride themselves on delivering quality solutions for your automotive problems. To book your vehicle in for a service, get in touch today!