Auto Air Conditioning Repair & Recharge

If you're in need of auto air conditioning service look no further than BaySide Automotive Repair Complete Auto Care. We inspect the car A/C system's pressure and temperature control to make sure everything is working correctly for your car's air conditioner.

Vehicle air conditioning repair includes a variety of tasks from small to large-scale. Everything from an annual inspection or performance check to diagnosis and replacement of system components can be completed at BaySide Automotive Repair. Regular inspections help ensure cooling efficiency and identify possible refrigerant leaks.

At BaySide Automotive Repair we can assess interior climate control issues and are highly trained in A/C evacuation and recharge.

We hope this will help you understand the components that get replaced when repairing a failed air conditioning system, as well as help to explain how all the individual components in the system work together to deliver cold air to you and your passengers.
How Does The Air Conditioning In My Car Work?
A vehicle’s air conditioning system does not create cold air. It actually takes the heat and moisture out of the air that is already in your car, leaving behind cooler air. Having a good understanding of how the components work can help to explain the methods of repairs in the air conditioning system.

The freon/refrigerant resides in the a/c system. The a/c compressor initiates the high-side of the system where it is compresses the freon/refrigerant into a high-pressure state causing it to liquefy.

It travels through the high-pressure lines to the condenser. The condenser which is similar to a small radiator, puts the liquid in contact with fresh air on the outside of the vehicle, which absorbs the heat from the liquid.

The evaporator is another device that looks similar to a car radiator. It has tubes and fins and is usually mounted inside the passenger compartment behind the fascia above the footwell. As the cold low-pressure refrigerant is passed into the evaporator, it vaporises and absorbs heat from the air in the passenger compartment. The blower fan inside the passenger compartment pushes air over the outside of the evaporator, so cold air is circulated inside the car. On the 'air-side' of the evaporator, the moisture in the air is reduced, and the 'condensate' is collected and drained away.
Expansion Valve
he pressurised refrigerant flows from the receiver-drier to the expansion valve. The valve removes pressure from the liquid refrigerant so that it can expand and become refrigerant vapour in the evaporator.Air Conditioning
The compressor is the work horse of the air conditioning system, powered by a drive belt connected to the crankshaft of the engine. When the aircon system is turned on, the compressor pumps refrigerant vapour under high pressure to the condenser.
The condenser is a device used to change the high-pressure refrigerant vapor to a liquid. It is mounted in front of the engine's radiator, and it looks very similar to a radiator. The vapour is condensed to a liquid because of the high pressure that is driving it in, and this generates a great deal of heat. The heat is then in turn removed from the condenser by air flowing through the condenser on the outside.
Receiver Dryer
The now liquid refrigerant moves to the receiver-dryer. This is a small reservoir vessel for the liquid refrigerant, and removes any moisture that may have leaked into the refrigerant. Moisture in the system causes havoc, with ice crystals causing blockages and mechanical damage.

We hope that explains a little as to how that little 'A/C' button works on your car, if you want it explained a little more in depth then if you roll up your sleeves we can show you the components in your car next time you bring it in for a check or service here at BaySide Automotive Repair.