How Low Refrigerant Can Lead to Bigger Air Conditioning Repairs

The refrigerant that runs through an air conditioner—sometimes called Freon, which is a trademark of DuPont and no longer describes a specific refrigerant blend—is essential for the system to provide cooling. As the refrigerant shifts between liquid and gas, it absorbs and releases heat, creating the heat exchange process at the core of how an AC operates. The air conditioner does not consume refrigerant: during regular operation, the refrigerant level (known as its charge) does not lower from dissipation. The only reason for the refrigerant charge to drop is because of leaking occurring somewhere in the system.

Leaking refrigerant is an unacceptable situation. It will impair the air conditioner’s cooling power. But it will also trigger other repair problems in the system if the leaks remain unsealed and the refrigerant isn’t recharged. The moment you notice any dip in cooling power from your AC, call for air conditioning service in Franklin, TN from Mid-State Air Conditioning and Heating. We will find out if the issue comes from refrigerant loss and resolve the trouble. Our promise: “Fixed Right or It’s Free”®.

The Repair Troubles From Low Refrigerant

One of the main repair concerns from low refrigerant is in the compressor. The compressor is the literal heart of an air conditioner: it applies energy to the refrigerant and pumps it through the rest of the system, maintaining the heat exchange cycle. However, the compressor is sized to a specific refrigerant charge. Should the charge drop, there will be an insufficient amount of refrigerant to keep the compressor cool. This will lead to the compressor overheating and eventually failing. A dead compressor is one of the most expensive problems to fix in an AC, and it sometimes can require replacing the whole system. If at all possible, avoid compressor trouble!

One of the usual visual indicators of refrigerant loss is ice forming along the indoor coils, a result of the coil no longer being capable of absorbing enough heat. The ice will continue to grow until it blocks heat exchange completely. The ice can also cause serious damage to the evaporator coil, so you need to stop this as soon as possible before the coil needs repairs as well.

Finally, leaking refrigerant often warns that formicary corrosion is occurring inside the air conditioning system. This is a type of corrosion that can afflict otherwise corrosion-resistant copper tubing. It comes from chemicals and construction material found inside homes and leads to tiny, hard-to-detect leaks. Repair technicians will need to examine an air conditioner that is leaking refrigerant to discover what other damage formicary corrosion may have caused.

There’s No Such Thing as a “Small” Refrigerant Loss

Any loss of refrigerant is a danger to an air conditioning system. Aside from the repair issues above and the drop in cooling capability, a low refrigerant charge will drain more power and place stress on the air conditioner’s components. It’s a lose-lose situation all around until you have the problem professionally repaired. Technicians will locate leaks, seal them, and recharge the refrigerant to the proper level.

For air conditioning repair in Franklin, TN to fix damage from refrigerant leaks and restore the lost charge, give us a call today. Mid-State Air Conditioning and Heating has kept Middle Tennessee cool since 1970.

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