How Often Should I Be Adding Refrigerant to My Air Conditioning System?

If you are wondering if you should be adding refrigerant to your whole-house cooling system, the answer is no. Never. Air conditioning systems don’t consume refrigerant the way that a car consumes gasoline. Instead, the refrigerant is — or should be — held in a closed loop system. It is not burned up or otherwise used by the AC, and it should have no means of escape from the refrigerant loop.

This isn’t always the case, of course, and you may indeed encounter low refrigerant levels at some point. If and when you do, you just need to dial our number to have the problem resolved. We’ll get to the root of the issue, completing any necessary air conditioning repairs in Ludlow, VT.

Why Low Refrigerant Is a Big Problem

Your air conditioner does not conjure up cool air out of nowhere. The way that it works is to remove existing heat from the air in your home, and the refrigerant in your system is an integral part of this process. Refrigerant makes for a great heat transfer fluid, as it changes easily between liquid and gaseous states. In the evaporator coil, which is in your home, the refrigerant is evaporated. In the process, it draws heat out of the air surrounding it. That refrigerant then makes its way out to the condenser unit outside. It is condensed back to a liquid, shedding its heat outdoors.

If you don’t have the right amount of refrigerant in your system, it is going to struggle to effectively remove heat from your living space. Not only that, but it will cost more to operate, driving up energy costs as your comfort falls. Low refrigerant can also do serious damage to the compressor/condenser. If you see ice on your system, or feel warm air blowing from your vents, it is in your best interest to have a professional check for leaks.

Call HB Energy Solutions for all your AC service needs. HB Energy Solutions delivers peace of mind. 


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