With temperatures still hovering in the high 70s and even 80s, we are still using our air conditioners on a fairly consistent basis. As such, hopefully you’ve found yours is working satisfactorily. One of the most common service calls we get is in regards to refilling refrigerant in AC systems. We want to set the record straight—your refrigerant should not need refilling!
Your HVAC system is supplied—charged—with enough refrigerant to last its entire service life. Therefore if you are losing refrigerant, what is actually happening is that you have a leak. Refrigerant is not like fuel—you can’t burn through it. Rather, it is recycled. Recharging your refrigerant is sometimes necessary, but doing so without resolving the source of the leak will get you nowhere fast.
How Does the Refrigerant Process Work?
Your AC system operates by evaporating refrigerant in an evaporator coil, which is located inside the indoor unit of your system. Be evaporating the refrigerant, the coil draws heat out of the air in your home. It then travels down the refrigerant line to the condenser coil outside, where it is converted back into liquid that releases the collected heat.
Why Is a Refrigerant Leak So Bad?
If a leak develops in your refrigerant line, then the system will slowly be drained of the fluid that it needs to function properly. This means that over time, the output of your air conditioner will decline, and eventually various components of the AC system will begin to malfunction. It’s at this time—and this is the only time—that new refrigerant should be introduced to your air conditioner. If you notice fluid dripping from your AC, give our professionals a call.
If you suspect a refrigerant leak, be sure to contact Fresh Air, L.P. right away for professional Sugar Land, TX air conditioning repairs.