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Oklahoma HVAC Company Stresses Importance Of Not Adding Refrigerant To Leaking A/C Units

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This is a commonly discussed topic, as it pertains to the efficiency and safety of your air conditioning system.

OKLAHOMA CITY - eTradeWire -- When an air conditioner develops a leak in its evaporator coil, it means that the refrigerant, which is responsible for absorbing heat from inside your home and releasing it outside, is escaping from the system. "The refrigerant in an air conditioner is a crucial component, and it's level needs to be at the correct amount for the system to operate efficiently." stated Ron Dougherty with Hibdon's Heat and Air.

Here's what happens when refrigerant is added to an air conditioner with an evaporator coil leak without addressing the leak itself:
  • Temporary Cooling: Adding refrigerant to the system may temporarily improve cooling performance. However, this improvement is usually short-lived because the refrigerant begins leaking into the atmosphere from the moment it is added to a system with an active leak.
  • Increased Energy Consumption: With an active leak, the air conditioner will have to work harder to maintain the desired temperature as the proper refrigerant pressures become increasingly more difficult for the system to attain, leading to increased energy consumption and higher utility bills.
  • Environmental Impact: Refrigerants used in air conditioning systems can have a negative impact on the environment when they are released into the atmosphere. It is essential to address leaks promptly to minimize refrigerant emissions and their contribution to greenhouse gas emissions.
  • Potential Equipment Damage: Continued operation of an air conditioner with an active refrigerant leak can lead to damage to other components of the system. The compressor, in particular, can suffer damage if it operates with insufficient refrigerant.
  • Potential Health and Safety Concerns: Some refrigerants can be harmful to human health if inhaled. It's essential to address leaks promptly, particularly in an evaporator coil, to ensure the safety of occupants.
Adding refrigerant to an air conditioner with an evaporator coil leak is not a long-term solution and may result in increased energy costs, environmental harm, and potential damage to your cooling system. Ron Dougherty of Hibdon's Heat and Air, also added: "To resolve the issue effectively, it is recommended to consult a qualified HVAC technician who can locate and repair the evaporator coil leak. Addressing the root cause of the problem will not only save you money in the long run but also contribute to a more efficient and environmentally friendly cooling system. We are always available to assist residents with services like this."

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