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Common Causes of Refrigerant Leaks

A trouble that can sometimes afflict air conditioning systems is leaking of refrigerant, the chemical blend necessary for an AC to carry out heat exchange. Refrigerant is a non-toxic and non-flammable chemical mixture, so leaks pose little health threat to your household. But they do pose a major threat to the operation of your air conditioning, leading to it losing its ability to provide you with cooling and severely damaging its compressor.

When you have a refrigerant leak in your AC, it requires repairs on the double. For air conditioning repair in Savannah, GA that will solve this and any other cooling problems you may have, call AAction Air. We have 24-hour emergency service for your convenience.

How do these leaks happen?

Refrigerant does not dissipate during normal operation, even as it shifts between liquid and gaseous state, since your AC has a closed loop system. It requires a leak somewhere along the refrigerant line to lower its level (its “charge”).

One of the common causes of leaking refrigerant is deteriorating in an aging AC. Years of use can cause cracking along the copper lines that cycle the refrigerant through the unit. Excess cabinet vibration has also been known to cause cracking. The connections and valves along the copper lines are the most susceptible to cracks. If your air conditioner has been in operation for more than 15 years, a leak indicates you should consider replacing the system.

Larger debris might infiltrate the ventilation system and into the AC cabinet to cause damage that will lead to leaking, especially along the compressor. A damaged compressor will usually begin to leak refrigerant. You can help prevent debris damage by regularly changing your air filter that protects the cabinet’s interior.

What can I do about leaking refrigerant?

As soon as you detect a malfunction in your AC, such as a loss in cooling power or ice developing along the coils, contact a repair professional. He or she will locate where refrigerant leaks are occurring, seal them, and then recharge the lost refrigerant with the correct blend. The technician will make sure the charge level is perfect, since too much refrigerant is as damaging a problem as too little.

The NATE-certified technicians at AAction Air aim to provide 100% customer satisfaction on every job. Let us take care of your air conditioning repair in Savannah, GA this spring and summer.

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