In order to function properly, your air conditioner needs a specific amount of refrigerant. If the level of refrigerant often referred to by the brand name of Freon, drops below the needed amount, your system will work less efficiently and may even develop other problems. If this happens, you might wonder whether you can put more Freon in your unit in order to save on repair costs.
A Costly Ordeal
The refrigerant in your AC system is not like oil or gas in a car. The unit’s coils are sealed, so refrigerant levels should never change. If they do, it is because you have a leak in the coils. This can cause further problems for your system, such as:
Ice buildup and melting can be especially problematic for your system, since the water can damage other components and drive up the cost of repairs. If this occurs, you will need to get professional service in order to fix the leak as well as any other problems that may have resulted from it.
DIY or No?
Even if you have experience working on your own HVAC system, replenishing the levels of Freon in your unit is a complex and costly ordeal. There are multiple reasons for this:
Given the restrictions on refrigerant purchase and the complexity of proper maintenance, it is best if you leave the task to a licensed technician, such as those at Climate Tech Air Conditioning and Heating.
A Better Solution
If your system uses Freon, technically called R22, then you might also benefit from an upgrade. AC units that use Freon have been discontinued since 2010. Newer units use a more eco-friendly substance called R410A, and they also work more efficiently than older units. In fact, you could save as much as 30% on cooling bills with an upgrade to a newer air conditioner. At Climate Tech Air Conditioning and Heating, we offer expert AC system design and installation to residents throughout the Dallas-Fort Worth Metroplex. Whether you are looking for an upgrade or simply need a leaky system fixed, call us for the quality service you deserve.