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Why is Leaking Refrigerant a Problem?

Refrigerant is the key component in your centralized air conditioning system, and here in South Jordan, UT, a leak in your refrigerant can be big trouble. But a lot of people don’t understand exactly why. Many people assume that air conditioners consume refrigerant the way a car might consume oil, and that a leak essentially denies it the fuel that it requires. It’s actually more complicated than that. Regardless of the specifics, however, you need to deal with leaking refrigerant as quickly as possible before it causes more serious problems with your computer. 

What Does Refrigerant Do?

Despite what you may think, the air conditioner doesn’t consume refrigerant. Instead, the system first shifts the refrigerant from gaseous to liquid form, while placing it under a great deal of pressure. The pressurized liquid is then passes through an expansion valve, which releases a set amount into the evaporator coils. There, it shifts back into gaseous form and pulls heat from the surrounding air in the process. The cooled air is then blown into your ducts with a fan.

Why Low Refrigerant is Trouble

Refrigerant isn’t supposed to leak, since the cooling process depends on a specific amount determined by the make and model of your air conditioner. But leaks occur whether we want them to or not, and when they do, the whole process is affected. Frost forms on the coils, representing lose cooling power as well as forming a barrier between the remaining refrigerant and the air it’s supposed to cool. As a result, the system needs to work harder to do its job, and the added strain will eventually result in a much larger breakdown. Even if it doesn’t, the air conditioner needs to work harder to do its job: costing you unnecessary money in higher bills.

Never try to scrape ice off of the coils. Instead, call At Your Service to seal the leak and recharge the refrigerant.

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