Why More Refrigerant Might Not Be the Solution to Your AC Problems

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It may seem like an easy solution. Refrigerant, the chemical blend that circulates around your AC system, could be what’s responsible for a recent drop in your AC system’s cooling power. Hopefully, all a technician will need to do is add in a little more, and you can move on with your day. Right?

There’s a problem with this way of thinking: refrigerant is not actually supposed to vacate your air conditioning system. Refrigerant does not naturally dissipate from the system, so if any amount is missing, you can usually assume that something is wrong.

Measuring Refrigerant

When an air conditioning system is first installed, technicians carefully measure out the refrigerant to ensure that you get the level of cooling you need. The compressor is designed to take in a certain amount of refrigerant, and without it the entire system can struggle. Its purpose is to remove heat from the air in your home, which is what starts the cooling process, so without enough refrigerant, the air from your vents could be warm.

It is possible that the refrigerant was not measured correctly in the first place. However, it’s also likely that the air conditioning system is leaking refrigerant, and something should be done.

Losing Refrigerant

Refrigerant is designed to circulate over and over again until the cooling cycle is complete. Although heat dissipates from the refrigerant, refrigerant itself should never dissipate from the system. Corrosion in the refrigerant line, leaks at the compressor, and other issues can lead to a refrigerant leak, and you must have it sealed (or a faulty part replaced) if you expect the system to go on efficiently. If your technician says that sealing the refrigerant line is not necessary, you may want to seek a second opinion from an established HVAC professional.

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