Does Freon Go Bad?
We all love our AC units. They ensure that our homes stay cool during the sweltering summers. We appreciate and try to take care of them as best we can. Although we should always rely on a professional to repair our AC, it is also helpful to know a little about the magical devices that stop us from melting away.
Do you know how your AC unit works to cool your home down? Have you heard people talking about freon and refrigerants? How do you know if you need a refrigerant refill? These questions will be answered as you read on.
What is Freon?
Freon does not combust like fuel and other gases that we use for heating. Instead, freon undergoes different phase processes during a cooling cycle. Freon is a refrigerant and is the main reason your AC cools your home down. When your AC repair company says you need a refill, they are referring to freon. Freon circulates through your AC system through refrigerant lines.
Does Freon Go Bad?
The short answer to that is no. Unlike combustible fuels, freon does not undergo chemical processes that use it up. In essence, it will never go bad or be used up. You do not need to replace it like you would replace the propane or butane in a gas heater.
When Should You Refill Your Freon?
If your AC unit is sealed, you will never need to replace the freon. It may even outlast your AC unit. However, it is not uncommon for freon to escape when there is a leak in your AC. If your AC leaks, you should contact an AC professional to fix the problem. If you are refilling your refrigerant annually, there is something wrong with your AC. Frequent refrigerant refills are bad for the environment and costly to you. However, how can you tell if you need a freon refill? There are a few clear signs that you need a refill.
Indoor Temperature Won’t Cool Even Though Your AC is Always Running
Freon absorbs heat, so without it, your AC will just keep running without actually removing heat from your home.
Increased Electric Bills
Naturally, if your AC runs all day to keep your home cool, it will spike up your electricity bill. When you notice this drastic increase, you should contact an AC company to replace your freon.
Vents Blow Warm Air
Without freon, your AC won’t absorb heat. Instead, your AC unit will just be recirculating air. This may even make your home hotter than if your AC was off.
Ice Buildup on the Refrigerant Line
If there is ice on the refrigerant line on your outdoor AC unit, it is a clear sign that you are low on freon. Your evaporator coils are probably getting too cold and icing up. This is a serious problem if left unchecked, as the remaining freon could make its way to the compressor unit and damage it. This is even more expensive to replace than refilling the freon. This could even result in an AC replacement.
A Bubbling Sound from The Refrigerant Line
If there is a leak, you may hear the freon escaping from the refrigerant line. This may sound like a hissing or bubbling noise.
If you notice any of these signs, it is important to call an AC professional immediately. Freon leaks are bad for the ozone and damage your AC unit further. You will pay more for your monthly electricity bill and frequent repairs and refills. It is safer to repair these leaks as soon as you notice them.
Repair Or Replace Your AC?
When you spot a leak, you need to take immediate action. However, could this be a repair or a replacement? If your AC is between the ages of 10-15, you can save yourself the hassle of future repairs and get a replacement instead. Leak repair can be expensive for an old AC unit.
In addition to that, if your current AC is using more energy than you’d like, a modern replacement can cut back on some electricity bills and reduce your carbon footprint. A win for the pocket and the environment.
Contact Air Care Heating and Cooling to discuss the best AC replacement for your home and family.
Regular Maintenance and Tune-Ups
Keeping up with regular AC tune-ups will ensure that your AC is properly sealed, so freon does not escape. It is more expensive and harmful to the environment to replace the freon in your AC unit. You will save money by sticking to annual services. AC tune-ups will prolong the life of your AC and protect your investment.
Contact Air Care Heating and Cooling
Contact Air Care Heating and Cooling at (704) 469-5833 if you need the following services:
- Refrigerant Refill
- AC Tune-Up
- AC Repair
- AC Replacement
We have a friendly team of AC technicians ready to assist you with all your AC requirements. It is our mission to keep you cool this summer!