What if your air conditioner isn’t blowing cold air, it could be that it is low on Freon gas. Air conditioners depend on Freon or Refrigerant to work correctly, if this is low or has run out altogether then a charge is needed to get your system working properly again.
With the peak of summer quickly approaching, ensuring that your Freon is charged properly will help keep you cool and comfortable the rest of summer. Also, keeping your system running more efficiently and your energy bills down.
What Happened to My Refrigerant?
In an ideal situation, your Freon will last for the life of your air conditioning unit, however leaks can happen and this will cause the refrigerant gas to leak out. As the refrigerant levels decrease, you will notice the air produced by your air conditioning system is less cool. If the coolant becomes completely empty, your system will produce no cool air at all.
What Happens When There is a Refrigerant Leak?
There are a few signs that may be present if your system has a refrigerant leak. If you have noticed any of the following happening to your system, or in your home, you will want to call a professional.
- If you have noticed your system is not running as efficiently as it usually does, it may be due to a refrigerant leek.
- Low refrigerant can cause your condenser fan to produce lower temperatures, this is usually noticeable if there is a refrigerant leak.
- If you look at the coils in your system and you notice ice, you will want to contact a HVAC specialist to have your refrigerant levels checked.
- Leaks that produce a residue that is oily may indicate there is a leak in the refrigerant.
What is a Refrigerant Charge?
If you are asking what is a refrigerant charge? This explanation of what is involved may help. Your system will need to warm up before refrigerant is recharged. The compressor will need to remain running so that the air technician can be sure that there is an even charge. It is easy to overload a system when recharging refrigerant, a well-trained technician will be aware that they need to add refrigerant in small increments. Between each increment the system shall be run so that the pressure levels can be checked. Once the refrigerant has been restored to the correct level your system should be working correctly without the initial issues arising again.