Freon Leak: Why It Will Cost You Not To Fix it
One of the reasons why your air conditioner may not perform up to standard is due to a leak from Freon. Freon leaks, including in the evaporator coils and the compressor, can occur in a number of locations. Over time, they can become worse and should be dealt with as soon as possible.
If the leak is outside, the Freon can contribute to depleting the ozone layer, and it can affect the health of your family by getting into the airflow if it is inside. It’s important to note that Freon does not use your air conditioner like a car uses gas. The problem will not go away by adding more Freon to your air conditioner.
How do you know you’ve got a leak from Freon?
For a number of reasons, a Freon leak may occur, such as poor production, improper installation, significant damage to your air conditioner system, and even formaldehyde (yes, it’s a common chemical found in your home), which can deteriorate and corrode your air conditioner’s copper components.
If you become aware of any of the following concerns, you may have a Freon leak:
- Your home takes a while to cool down.Since Freon absorbs the heat from inside your home and brings it outside, it will take much longer for it to remove the heat and make it cool if there’s not enough Freon in your system.
- There’s warm air coming out of the registers.The air coming out of your registers won’t feel very cool if your system is running low on Freon. It could be due to a Freon leak if the air is warm.
- A hissing sound can be heard. You may hear a hissing sound if there is a leak in the refrigerant lines, whether it’s inside or outside the condenser unit.
- The coils of your evaporator are frozen. If the evaporator coils do not have enough Freon, they will not be able to absorb as much heat, which can cause the coils to freeze.
Why You Need to Fix the Leak
You want to have it fixed as soon as possible if you find out that you have a leak, because it will probably get worse over time. Leaks often start as the size of a pinhole in the coils of the evaporator, where the Freon is a superheated gas; however, it typically occurs outside in your condenser unit if Freon leaks as a liquid. Repairs may be costly if this happens.
Repairs may cost between hundreds and thousands of dollars, depending on where the leak is located. Welding small leaks is often just a stopgap, because due to corrosion, more leaks can occur and cost you more money over time. Aluminum evaporator coils have become more prevalent in air conditioners over the past decade or so, eliminating the chance of leaks due to corrosion. As a result, replacing the coils is the most cost-effective solution sometimes.
Contact Easy AC today if you think you have a Freon leak. The problem can be diagnosed by one of our qualified HVAC technicians and offer solutions that will fit your budget.
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