In order to understand the dangers of something, you first have to have a good grasp on what it is to begin with. So, with that being said…
What is refrigerant and why is it important?
In essence, refrigerant is the fuel for your air conditioning system. It is a chemical blend that has the ability to switch from a liquid to a gaseous state, making rapid heat absorption and release a possibility. It’s through refrigerant that heat is able to be absorbed and transported outside and away from your home, leaving the space cool, refreshed and comfortable.
Unlike most fuels however, refrigerant is not used up, but recycled over and over. Through evaporation and condensation, refrigerant has the ability to perform its job, while still maintaining its original levels… unless of course, a leak occurs.
What can happen if my refrigerant is low or leaking?
Aside from your unit blowing warm air and being unable to perform up to par, there are two common issues that can indicate a refrigerant issue is present:
- Your AC Ices Over: Without refrigerant in its evaporator coils, your AC will be unable to absorb heat, which can lead to it icing over. This will drastically disrupt the heat exchange, and eventually cause it to cease entirely, rendering your AC useless.
- Your Compressor Breaks: Compressors are the workhorse of your AC unit, and without them, there’s no way for your unit to carry on. Without refrigerant, your compressor is likely to overheat, burn out, and require you to replace your AC unit all together. Talk about some costly consequences!
If you suspect your air conditioner is leaking refrigerant — don’t wait! Turn it off right away and put in a call to your local HVAC pros. We promise, you’ll be happy that you did!
Tyler Heating, Air Conditioning, Refrigeration LLC is a full-service heating and cooling contractor serving Fairfield County, New Haven County, and the surrounding areas. For more information on our air conditioner and installation services, call 203-378-4700 or request a service appointment online today.