The Air Conditioner is not always included in a 'standard' or log book service, so it can be easily neglected.
In saying that, a regular vehicle service should always check for the more obvious faults which may be associated with an Air Conditioning system operating below expectations, such as;
Anything beyond this cursory inspection then requires a full Air Conditioning Service.
It is now Law that everyone that works on Automotive Air Conditioning systems throughout all States and Territories of Australia must have a Refrigerant Handling Licence. As a result a Licenced Automotive Air Conditioning Workshop must display their Trading Authorisation and Refrigerant Handling Licences at all times www.arctick.org.
Added to this, different cars may also have specific service requirements that are unique to the make of car or the particulat model.
Your local Repco Authorised Car Service mechanic will happily explain what is involved for your particular car. This will usually include then following as a guide:
It does help to prolong the life of your air conditioner by running it at least once a week during non-summer months to assist in keeping the compressor seals lubricated.
Remember your air conditioning system does not only cool your vehicle but in addition one of its primary functions is to remove the humidity from the cabin. So it is good practice to use your air conditioner in winter to keep your windscreen free of fog which impairs your visibility.
When driving on the open road it is always a good idea to have your car air conditioner set to "flow through" ventilation and not "recirculate". This is due to the fact that .5% by volume of CO2 is dangerous and mat cause drowsiness and headaches.
Research statistics from the Police Accident Investigation Branch indicate that a large percentage of vehicles involved Country Road Accidents have in fact had their Air Conditioners turned onto "Recirculate".
It is good practice to get a full air conditioning service at least every two years. Try and do this before the hotter months start, as this will ensure that you are not caught out by a sudden heat wave at the start of the season.
The many hidden crevices, combined with the moisture build up and contant temerature variation in a car air-conditioning system, can be a breeding ground for harmful bacteria and fungus. This is particularly important for anyone who is prone to allergies or sufferers of asthma.
Your local Repco Authorised Car Service mechanic can provide you with information on special sanitizing treatments that can help to remove these contaminants. These treatments are designed to protect you and your passengers and also help to remove the musty odour that can be evident from the air conditioner vents. For more information click here
For an informative video on cabin air filters and your health please click here.
Protecting The Environment
Refrigerant gas is extremely damaging to the ozone layer and any gas that is irresponsibly released into the atmosphere by repair shops, garages or backyard mechanics can harm the environment and contribute to global warming.
By law, all refrigerant gas must be recycled and Repco Authorised Service applauds the work and efforts of bodies such as Refrigerant Reclaim Australia and other industry bodies who help to ensure that refrigerant gas is recycled in its original form, or if contaminated, destroyed by special methods.