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Refrigerant Leaks: What You Need to Know

You’ll see a lot of references to refrigerant in our blogs about air conditioning systems. Despite the important role that refrigerant plays in air conditioning systems, though, many people don’t know what it actually is. It is important that you understand how the refrigerant interacts with the air conditioning system. It is especially important to know the signs that your air conditioner is having a problem with its refrigerant. That way, you can call for repairs as soon as you notice a problem. With that in mind, let’s take a look at refrigerant, and how a leak in the line can cause serious problems.

What is Refrigerant?

Refrigerant is a broad term that covers a variety of different heat transfer fluids. The specific fluid doesn’t matter as much as what the refrigerant does. The air conditioner evaporates refrigerant in the evaporator coil to absorb thermal energy from the indoor air. It then sends the refrigerant gas to the condenser coil outside, where it is condensed back into a liquid to release the heat outside. Without refrigerant, the air conditioner would not actually be able to operate and cool your home. This is why a problem with the refrigerant line is such a big deal.

Refrigerant Leaks

An air conditioner does not expend refrigerant during operation. Instead, it recycles the same amount of refrigerant throughout its lifetime. A leak in the refrigerant line is a big problem, because it drains the system of a vital fluid that is not meant to ever be depleted. You can identify a refrigerant leak by liquid dripping from the system, or if the refrigerant line itself looks really dirty. When refrigerant leaks out of the system, it attracts dirt to itself, leading to a grimy film around the area of the leak.

If you think you have a refrigerant leak, call Speedy AC Service. We provide air conditioner repair services throughout Port St. Lucie, FL.

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