If your AC system is leaking refrigerant, you’ll need to get it fixed as soon as possible. AC systems contain many different parts. The refrigerant will flow through most of these parts with the exception of the condenser fan and blower.
While AC systems are designed to be sealed, leaks can and do occur. Maybe a coil is cracked, or perhaps a refrigerant line has failed. Regardless, you shouldn’t ignore a refrigerant leak. Turning a blind eye to it can result in other problems.
Increased Energy Usage
Your AC system will inevitably consume more energy if it has a refrigerant leak. AC systems require refrigerant to cool indoor spaces. Refrigerant is the medium – it cycles between a gas and liquid state – that AC systems use to transfer heat and cool indoor spaces.
With a refrigerant leak, your AC system will have to run for longer periods to achieve the desired temperature.
If you’re tired of overspending on monthly utility bills, you should get the refrigerant leak fixed as soon as possible. The longer you wait, the more energy your AC system will waste, thus contributing to higher utility bills.
Wear and Tear
A refrigerant leak will expose your AC system to wear and tear. It will force various components to work overtime. The compressor, for instance, will have to work harder.
With this wear and tear, the compressor may break down. Neglecting to fix a refrigerant leak can cause components like the compressor to break.
Indoor Air Pollution
Another reason you shouldn’t ignore a refrigerant leak is because it can cause indoor air pollution. There are different types of refrigerants. In the past, most residential AC systems used R-22.
R-22 is still used in many existing residential AC systems, but new AC systems now use R-410a. Leaks involving R-22 can be a health hazard.
R-22 is toxic, and exposure to it can cause a myriad of adverse effects. If your AC system is leaking refrigerant inside of your home, R-22 will build up in the air. And because it’s a “mostly” odorless and colorless gas, you probably won’t even notice it.
If you are experiencing a problem with your air conditioning or heating call us at 512-336-1431 to schedule an appointment. We’ll be glad to come out and take a look at the issue.
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