Freon Leaks need Quick Attention

Freon Leaks need Quick AttentionOur air conditioning contractors know not all service problems are created equal. Among the worst issues your system can suffer: A freon leak. The refrigerant, or freon, in your system is what makes cooling your home possible. It’s such an essential part of a well-functioning AC system, the longer you wait to address a shortage of freon, the greater the risk of serious damage to your cooling unit. Prompt service is essential when you detect a freon leak. But you have to realize you have a leak in order to have your system serviced, and homeowners frequently overlook the warning signs.

What Does Freon Do?

Your system is filled with freon as part of your AC installation service. The evaporation and condensation process of the refrigerant is what allows your system to provide cooling. The refrigerant removes heat from the air in the house by absorbing it via the evaporator coil (in your indoor unit). It is then sent to the condenser coil, where it is condensed to release that heat outside. The process is repeated as many times as necessary to reach the temperature setting on your thermostat. If your AC unit is leaking refrigerant, it’s going to struggle to cool your home.

Signs Your AC System is Leaking Freon

If you notice any of the symptoms, it’s time for immediate AC repair and service:

  • Hissing sounds from the outdoor unit
  • Frozen evaporator coils
  • Decreased cooling performance
  • Short cycling (system turns off and on repeatedly)
  • Higher electric bills

Refrigerant Leaks Cause Big Problems

Running your system on too little freon means you’re paying a lot for less cooling performance. Worse,  running your air conditioner when it is low on freon can cause irreversible compressor damage and result in the need for AC system replacement.

What Causes Freon Leaks?

When our emergency air conditioning service technicians address house calls for freon leaks, age and worn-out system components are the top problems. Everything wears out over time – and your AC system has lots of moving parts that can wear, corrode, or fail, resulting in a leak. A trained HVAC technician can quickly detect the source of the problem, checking common locations like valves, joints, refrigerant lines, coils, accumulators, flare connections, capillary tubes, and other likely components.

Solutions for Refrigerant Leaks

In many cases, your local HVAC pro will identify the source of the leak for repairs. But in some situations, your system may be so old and inefficient, or the part so expensive, upgrading to a new, more energy-efficient air conditioner may make more financial sense.

Keep your system in peak condition with help from an HVAC company that has your back. H & H Heating & Air Conditioning never charges extra for emergency HVAC service – we offer the same affordable rates no matter when your system goes down. If you suspect a leaking system – don’t wait. Contact us to schedule service today.

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