If your air conditioner is not cooling as well as it used to, you may wonder if it just needs more refrigerant and if you can just add it yourself? Refrigerant is an ozone-depleting chemical that can harm the environment and should only be handled by licensed technicians. A low level of refrigerant also points to a bigger problem: either a leak or the system was not properly charged during installation. If you suspect a problem with your air conditioner’s refrigerant, call the trusted and experienced HVAC technicians at Blue Valley Heating & Cooling of Longmont for a thorough evaluation, diagnosis and repair of your AC system.
The Critical Role of Refrigerant in Your AC System
- Refrigerant is the essential component in the operation of your AC system. It is a chemical mixture that has the unique ability to absorb heat from the air when evaporating into its gas form, and then release that heat outside as it condenses back into a liquid. Refrigerant only performs these heat-eliminating properties under specific temperature and pressure conditions.
- Although the contained heat dissipates when the refrigerant travels to the exterior condensor unit, the refrigerant itself does not evaporate but is continuously recycled. If the refrigerant level starts to drop, it is safe to assume there is a leak somewhere within the AC system.
- Leaving refrigerant levels depleted can lead to more significant problems with the air conditioner and even shorten its lifespan while also decreasing its efficiency. Topping off the refrigerant will only temporarily fix the problem: the leak will need to be located and repaired before adding back in any lost refrigerant to truly resolve the issue.
Don’t trust an HVAC technician who tells you that just adding refrigerant will solve the cooling trouble with your air conditioner. Blue Valley Heating & Cooling in Longmont has a long history of providing reliable and affordable AC service to the local community- call us if you suspect a refrigerant leak or for any other problem with your heating or cooling system!