Being in a sub tropical climate, Brisbane drivers can experience many different air conditioning needs than most other drivers around the Country.
With our hottest summer months creeping to 40 degree plus temperatures, the car air conditioner certainly gets a work out!
We all enjoy the comfort that our vehicle’s air conditioning provides us during the warmer months.
Though winter can linger, spring often comes before you know it. Be sure to maintain that level of comfort by keeping in mind these important facts about your cars air conditioning.
Your air conditioning system needs to be serviced regularly.
You can do this as part of your regular vehicle servicing, but if not, make sure to get your car air conditioning serviced at least every 12 months. Car air conditioning systems will leak refrigerant from the pipes – so it is important to stay on top of this. It will also ensure overall performance of the system.
Help your car air conditioning to be more efficient.
On a hot Brisbane day, lower the windows first to allow the hot air to leave the cabin, and then set the car air conditioning systems to recirculation. By doing this first, the hot air escapes as you drive and then it is easier for your cars air conditioning system to cool the internal air. Also, if you set the vents to head level you will ensure that you optimize where the system is cooling as cool air falls.
Can I service the car air conditioning system myself?
Short answer here is NO!
Car air conditioning systems can only be serviced by licensed and qualified car servicing experts, like those found at all Future Auto Service Centres throughout Brisbane. Refrigerant gas is extremely damaging to the ozone layer and releasing gas into the atmosphere harms the environment and contributes to global warming. By law, all refrigerant gas must be recycled. Future Auto Service Centres are qualified and licensed to perform these tasks for you, without damaging the environment!
So you need a Qualified technician to carry out a regas on your vehicle
It cost me more money to run my air conditioner.
In some older cars, this can be the case, however, the alternative of opening your windows is also going to cost you as well. Opening windows does create a drag on the vehicle, resulting in increased fuel consumption. Also, it is important to run your Car Air Conditioning System at least once a week to ensure that it remains lubricated. If you don’t, it could result in additional costs for new parts, etc.
Remember these important facts about your automotive air conditioning system and you’ll be sure to remain comfortable when the heat comes back around.
The only safe way to maintain your system is through an annual service by a vehicle air conditioning technician, using specialised equipment. Future Auto Service Centres are fully equipped with the very latest Car Air Conditioning System servicing equipment.
Our "Car Air Conditioning System" Service Checklist Includes;
- Identify system contents with refrigerant analyser.
- Recover and store all refrigerants from the car air conditioning system.
- Remove and replace the filter unit if necessary.
- Check condition of the condenser unit.
- Check condition of all hoses and wiring harnesses.
- Replace compressor oil.
- Vacuum system for a minimum of 30 minutes.
- Recharge with R134A refrigerant and oil.
- Leak test all components.
- Carry out pressure and temperature test.
- Update service records.
- Provide you with a written report on the condition of the entire system.
For further information please check out our A/C Blog