Everything You Need to Know About Refrigerant Leak
Updated: Aug 24
You know your AC is not cooling well. The fans seem to work, but there sure is no cold air coming out of it. You may begin to try to place your hand in the register and feel a warm air blowing out. This is a sign of a refrigerant leak!
What Causes a Refrigerant Leak?
Being the element inside the coil of an air conditioner that removes that heat in your space, a refrigerant should be properly sealed. However, due to the age of the system, corrosion, exposure to contaminants, and even lack of maintenance servicing, sometimes holes and cracks develop in the coils, causing a leak in the refrigerant. This leak causes the refrigerant level to drop and your system to not cool properly.
Why Shouldn’t You Ignore This?
It damages the entire system. With low refrigerant level, the AC system tries to compensate by running longer and harder to cool your space. With this increased pressure, many other components of your AC, most importantly, your compressor, will fail as well.
It consumes more energy. Your system can use as much as 20 percent more electricity when refrigerant leaks as it tries harder, but unsuccessfully, reach the set temperature.
It damages the environment. Refrigerant are proven to be a hazardous chemical to our planet’s ozone layer. This is the reason why disposal of it must be properly controlled. Yet, it is fine and harmless where it belongs: in your AC coils. However, when your refrigerant leaks, the chemical evaporates and ends up in the atmosphere, contributing to global warming.
It raises potential health concerns. Although it doesn’t happen frequently, but a large amount of refrigerant leak when inhaled can damage the human lungs. Additionally, refrigerant contact can cause skin burns. So, when you suspect a refrigerant leak in your system you must never touch it.
What to do about it?
A good way to start fixing the refrigerant leak is for you to NOT FIX IT. Leave it to the AC professionals who know how to handle refrigerant leaks in a safe way. Repairing holes and recharging your refrigerant is no elementary and should only be done by the ones who were trained to do it professionally.
By simply calling a service-provider, you can save more time, money and energy. Additionally, you don’t need to risk your health in trying to fix something you don’t fully know how to.
How to prevent a refrigerant leak?
Here’s a fact: a refrigerant leak is one of the most common problem you can encounter in your AC and is also entirely preventable. Investing in a good and regular preventive maintenance services is the best way to prevent a refrigerant leak and many other damages, helping you save more money. The only challenge is to find the one you can trust to provide the best AC services.
Well, you’re in luck, because Brun Aircondition Sales and Services Incorporated offers a wide variety of AC services, including a regular PMS. With our 15 years of industry-knowledge, we have the right experience and expertise in addressing just about any type of AC problem. Most importantly, we know exactly what to do to prevent any of it.
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