To ensure air conditioning is working to full capacity, we recommend having it serviced regularly.
Over time, air conditioning gas is lost, usually through very fine leaks in the seals. This is why it must be topped up regularly.
The average car holds approximately 650 grams of gas, however, can still operate when levels have dropped by around 15%. With that said, the a/c system won’t be as efficient and as cold as it could be.
Without regular air conditioning servicing, corrosive acids produced by the air conditioner may build-up, resulting in failure of the A/C system.
How much does an air conditioning service cost?
Prices vary depending on the vehicle; however, generally, prices start at $160.00.
We also recommend having the cabin filter replaced (these clean the air inside the vehicle).
Symptoms of failing air conditioning
There are a number of things that may indicate your air conditioner requires attention. Symptoms may include:
- Unusual squealing, grinding or clicking noises (usually faulty compressor)
- Loss of cooling ability
- Bad odours
The parts that usually fail are compressors, TX valves, hose fittings, condensers, blown fuses, a broken drive belt or the evaporator. These can have leakages, blockages or damage for other reasons.
The process to repair air conditioning
Firstly, please book your car using our book online page.
We use a WAECO a/c machine to which performs the majority of the testing relating to:
- Gas levels
- Oil levels
- Test if the system is holding pressure through a vacuum test
- Test for leaks before re-gassing
- Pressurise for 15-60 minutes
- Perform quality assurance
We may also use an ultra-violet light to visually check for fast leaks.
How often should I get my A/C serviced?
Every 12-18 months.
JDM P/L provides expert repair services
Our team member, Adam Walters, is licensed through ARC to perform A/C services.
JDM P/L maintains registration & compliance with the ARC who mandate the field.
This qualification means we are responsible to ensure the fluorocarbon refrigerant gas is not emitted into the atmosphere, as this can contribute to global warming, damage the ozone layer and in general, is very harmful to the environment.
When performing any a/c services, we write our ARC registration number on the invoice.
We are qualified and experienced in air conditioning in cars, trucks, vans and buses.