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How Freon Affects Your AC Unit

How Freon Affects Your AC Unit

July 25, 2019

Your air conditioning system is made up of a variety of parts and components, many of which can occasionally cause an issue with how your system operates. One of the most important aspects of an AC system is Freon, which is vital for your system to function correctly.

What does Freon used in air conditioning do?

Freon is what allows your AC system to remove its internal heat and make the air it discharges cool. Freon, which is also known as coolant or refrigerant, is what makes your home comfortable in the summer. Without the correct amount of Freon, your AC won't cool your home down.

Common problems with Freon

The most common issue with Freon in an AC system is a leak. The best way to tell if your AC unit has a Freon leak is by listening for a hissing or bubbling sound coming from the unit. This happens as Freon escapes the refrigerant line. Other signs, including ice build-up on the outside of the unit, warm air blowing through the vents, or higher energy bills.

If you think you have a Freon leak, the experts at HomeServe of Long Island can help. Our team will inspect your unit and identify the source of the leak, then repair the system and refill your Freon to correct levels. This fix will help keep your AC system functioning correctly all summer long.

What is R-22 refrigerant?

If you're familiar with Freon, you've likely heard of the commonly used R-22 Freon. While once in frequent use, R-22 refrigerant is being phased out in 2020 due to the Clean Air Act. The EPA determined that R-22 has been harmful to the ozone layer and a nationwide R-22 refrigerant phase out was implemented a few years ago, culminated in a cease of manufacturing in 2020. Due to the limited supply, R-22 costs more than other refrigerants and will likely only see the price increase. There are a few steps you can take to prepare for this phase-out:

  • Check your unit: The label on the outside of your unit, the owner's manual, or the manufacturer's website will tell you what type of refrigerant your AC unit uses. It's smart to check and see if you use R-22 if you're not sure.
  • Get a system tune-up: If you do you use R-22, now is a great time to get a tune-up. This will ensure your system is working correctly and that your refrigerant is full before prices for R-22 continue to rise.
  • Consider a new system: Now is also a good time to consider upgrading your AC unit. A newer, more efficient system will not only save you on the costs of refrigerant, it will also improve your energy efficiency and help reduce your overall cooling costs.

Trust HomeServe to help with your AC needs!

If you have an issue with your air conditioning system's Freon or are concerned about using R-22, contact the experts at HomeServe of Long Island today. Our team can provide you with expert repair services or provide you with a recommendation for a new AC unit and install the system. No matter what AC needs you have, we're here to help. Give us a call at 800-691-7002 or contact us online to get started today!


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