- Posted by Mike
- On May 8, 2017
- CFC, Chlorofluorocarbon, Freon, HVAC
If you are experiencing problems with your air conditioning system, it’s possible that you have a refrigerant leak, or freon leak. It important to address this problem as soon as it occurs because leaking freon can be dangerous and hazardous to your home and your health.
What is Freon?
Freon is a colorless gas, normally a chlorofluorocarbon (CFC). Your HVAC system relies on it to help cool down air before it circulates throughout your home. Freon should be disposed by a professional A/C technician who is trained to handle the chemical properly.
What Should I Do if I Have a Freon Leak?
If you suspect you have a freon leak, then you should contact a certified technician for your own safety to conduct the repairs.
Many homeowners have a similar misconception that a freon leak can be addressed by simply “topping off the freon”. Although this may be a temporary fix for the problem, it may not be a permanent solution. When it comes to freon leaks, it’s important to determine what is the cause of the leak. A Freon leak is comparable to an air leak in a car tire. When your tire pressure is low, you need to fill it up with more air. However, if it turns out that there’s a hole in the tire, filling up the tire with more air will not fix the problem. In fact, it can lead to bigger problems such as blowouts and flat tires. This is the same with freon leaks.
What if the Freon Leak is Not Repaired?
If you do not find the source of the problem for the leak, it can potentially develop into more severe problems, causing breakdowns in your HVAC system and costing you thousands of dollars. Depending on the severity of the problem, you can expect to pay anywhere from $200 to $1,600
Contact ACE Home Services for A/C Installs & Repairs
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