Does My Air Conditioner Need More Refrigerant?


This is a question our technicians get asked time and time again. Refrigerant is a chemical blend that many people know under the trademarked name Freon. Of course, a technician would have to look at the air conditioning system closely and carefully in order to determine the problem with certainty. But it turns out that simply adding refrigerant probably won’t solve most air conditioning issues.

Refrigerant Does Not Leave the System

If your technician adds refrigerant to your system each time you call for repairs, you may want to get a second opinion. The fact of the matter is that refrigerant does not leave the system naturally. Refrigerant is responsible for absorbing heat so that it can be removed from the air in your home, but the gas itself should never dissipate from the system.

Refrigerant is meant to circulate through the air conditioning system again and again. The compressor is designed to take in a certain level of refrigerant, and the performance of the AC can suffer if this level is slightly lower than what it needs. The compressor may struggle to operate or the indoor coil might freeze. It’s possible that the refrigerant wasn’t measured right in the first place, but more likely is that your system has a leak. A technician should check for leaks and seal them before adding any more to the system.

Other Reasons for Your Cooling Issues

Besides, there could be a number of other issues contributing to the poor performance of your air conditioner. A good air conditioning technician will thoroughly inspect every part of the system before making any assumptions. You may have an issue with the blower motor, a problem with an electrical component, compressor damage, or even a dirty air filter. Contact a professional to find out.

Call APC Plumbing & Heating today for quality professional air conditioning service in the Aurora, CO area.


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