Is your air conditioner refrigerant low? If so, you could have a serious problem with your HVAC system. But how can you tell? Rapid Repair Experts has some tips to help you find and eliminate an HVAC refrigerant leak.
Air conditioner refrigerant low
Why is low air conditioner refrigerant such a big deal? Can’t you just get a refill? This is a common misconception among many homeowners. Refrigerant is the fluid that allows your A/C unit to move warm air out of your home, keeping it cool and comfortable. Refrigerant, commonly referred to by the brand name “Freon”, is the lifeblood of your system. It changes from liquid to gas and back again, removing heat and humidity from your home in the process. However, refrigerant is not a fuel; it is continuously recycled, not “used up”. Therefore, if your air conditioner refrigerant is low, you most likely have a leak in your HVAC system. Once your refrigerant is charged, you should NEVER need a refill.
Lower comfort and higher energy bills
You don’t have to be an HVAC expert to identify a refrigerant leak. It’s very simple– you get hot because the system is not able to operate properly. This can result in high electricity bills since the A/C unit will run continuously without providing cool air. Refrigerant also lubricates the system. Similar to oil in a car, refrigerant is vital to the air conditioner’s operation. Low refrigerant will damage the compressor, which could mean thousands of dollars in repairs.
So what do I do?
This is not something that a homeowner can handle themselves. Call us to determine the problem. It may simply be that it is low because it was never correct from the start. This is easily fixed with more refrigerant. However, if an electronic leak test detects a problem, you have some decisions to make. For instance, if the problem is a hole in the coils, the unit is beyond repairs. Beware of anyone who offers to put a sealant in the system. At best, it’s an expensive temporary fix, but it usually does more harm than good. Find out if the part is covered under warranty! Newer units have a 10 year warranty on parts. While the repairs aren’t free, they’re significantly less expensive than service not under warranty. The biggest issue is the difference between R-22 and R-410A refrigerant. Federal Law requires that R-22 be phased out over the next 5 years. This means that if you can even get refrigerant in the future, it will cost you a fortune. As of today, R-22 costs over four times more than the ozone friendly and legal refrigerant R-410A. Call us for help! We’ll find the source of the problem and perform the proper repairs. We can also inspect your system to make sure that there are no other major issues.
Call Rapid Repair Experts for your air conditioner repair today!