If you have ever struggled with low refrigerant levels in your AC system, you know how quickly things can get uncomfortable when dealing with this problem. If you have had an HVAC professional solve your low refrigerant level, it could leave you wondering how long you can expect that refrigerant to last before you are doing it all over again. Hal Mechanical is here to talk about refrigerant and refrigerant leaks to answer this question once and for all.
Does Refrigerant Run Out?
Unlike gasoline in your vehicle, refrigerant doesn’t get used up as your AC works to keep your house cool. The system that holds the refrigerant in your unit is a closed system. That means that the refrigerant is continually recycled through as your AC works. In no way can refrigerant escape from your unit unless there is a leak somewhere allowing it to happen. If you add refrigerant when levels are low without addressing the problem and fixing it, you will end up wasting a lot of money as refrigerant isn’t cheap.
Refrigerant Leaks are Inevitable
As your unit ages, there are certain repairs that are bound to happen. Leaking refrigerant is one of them. Over the years, the high pressure that is required to circulate the refrigerant eventually thins out the inside of the tubing which eventually causes the leak. The best thing that you can do to avoid them is to prevent them in the first place. Since it is eventually inevitable that you will have a leak, work to fix the leak as soon as possible. Here are a couple tips to prevent refrigerant leaks:
– Can Dog Urine Ruin an AC Unit?: As much as you love your furry companion, they can wreak havoc on your AC unit. When dogs urinate on your unit, the acidity can eat through the refrigerant coils. Putting up a fence or some sort of barricade that keeps them at least 2 feet away from the unit will help you protect your AC from refrigerant leaks.
– Regular AC Maintenance: There is a significant amount of vibration and movement as your unit works to cool your home. It can cause stress on joints and moving parts in your AC system. With regular maintenance, any chance that there could be a possible leak will be caught early and leaks can be avoided all together.
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This is the perfect time of year to schedule your routine AC maintenance. As the weather starts to heat up in the Vegas Valley, it is more important than ever that your AC system is working as it should. At Hal Mechanical, our team of cooling experts will give your AC system a thorough inspection that will comb through your system as we look for any weaknesses present. Our maintenance services include cleaning and lubricating any moving parts in your system as well to avoid unnecessary repairs. Call us today!