If your cooling system isn’t working like it should, one of the reasons could be that the system is low on refrigerant. If you have an air conditioner refrigerant leak of any kind, that could be a sign that you have a significant problem. AC systems are “closed,” meaning that they don’t “use up” refrigerant. A leak can, if it is large enough, mean that you would probably be better off purchasing a new system. If you’re having this issue, let a technician with Global Efficient Energy check it so that we can recommend whether you should have the unit repaired or replaced.
Common Reasons for an Air Conditioning Refrigerant Leak
- A valve needs to be replaced – Many systems have Schrader valves that are similar to the valves in a car tire. This valve holds refrigerant and allows a technician to test refrigerant pressure. The rubber seals inside these valves can deteriorate, making a replacement necessary. This is typically a very easy repair that does not take long to perform.
- A coil is leaking – Most of the time, when an air conditioning refrigerant leak occurs due to this problem, the coil will need to be replaced. The reason is that when heat is used to repair a leak in this area, the heat can cause other parts of the coil to loosen and cause the same problem.
- The line has been pierced – The line that carries refrigerant from the condenser to the evaporator coil could have been damaged due to someone tripping over it or accidentally hitting it in some other manner.
If you have an older air conditioning system, the type of refrigerant used has the trademarked name of Freon. However, Freon is being phased out because it damages the environment. As Freon supplies continue to dwindle, it will become more and more expensive to fix any type of air conditioner refrigerant leak that may affect your system. Eventually, you will be better off purchasing a high-efficiency replacement system. In the long run, you can save a great deal of money on your energy bills each month.
Let an expert with Global Efficient Energy take a look at your air conditioner and help you make the right decision for your needs. Call us at 1-888-826-7881 or contact us online to schedule an appointment.