AC Service: Freon Leak
Whether you’re a new homeowner or you’ve owned your home for some time, you may have already experienced the joys of being a homeowner, as well as the woes of home improvement.
It’s not exactly news that the words home, and home improvement go hand in hand, but there’s nothing worse than a malfunctioning air conditioning system especially as temperatures spike to 110° outside and AC service is needed.
If you’ve made the decision to find out what’s plaguing your air conditioner, and threatening your comfort, you’ve made a smart choice. To increase your system’s efficiency, contact a professional HVAC service technician today for ac service.
A Common Air Conditioner Myth
Many homeowners are under the impression that, over time, an air conditioner depletes Freon causing the system to run poorly. The fix? Why, top it off with Freon, of course. This is one of the most common misconceptions among homeowners.
At around $75.00 to $100.00 a pound, topping off your air conditioner with Freon, can quickly become a very expensive option considering that most systems require between two and five pounds.
The only resource expended, regardless of the system’s age, is electricity. Air conditioning accounts for more than half of the energy use within your home, after all. This according to the U.S. Department of Energy.
How Your Air Conditioner Works
Designed to transfer heat away from the cool interior of your home, air conditioners employ the same operating principles, and contain the same basic components as your kitchen refrigerator.
An air conditioner cools your home with a cold indoor coil. This is called an evaporator. The condenser, a hot outdoor coil, is what releases the collected heat outside. The compressor moves Freon between the evaporator and condenser.
The compressor forces the Freon through the circuit of copper tubing and coil fins. The Freon then evaporates in the coils, pulling heat out of indoor air, and cooling your home. The hot refrigerant then reverts back to a liquid.
AC Service: How a Freon Leak is Repaired
A Freon leak can happen for a variety of different reasons. Poor installation, manufacturing defects, and accidental punctures are among the more common reasons for leaks. Formaldehyde is a lesser known cause.
Once a Freon leak has been found, the long term solution is to replace the faulty copper coils with all-aluminum evaporator coils, especially while the system is still under warranty. Aluminum is a wise choice when needing to install a new coil.