How to Handle a Refrigerant Leak
Posted on: January 30, 2015
As an AC company serving the Tarpon Springs area, we are called for a variety of repairs, on all kinds of units. Sometimes our technicians will arrive on site and see that the repairs have been put off for a long time, causing the problem to grow larger. Even worse, in some cases, people have tried a DIY repair that went bad, and damaged the unit.
One of the common problems we encounter with our cooling system is refrigerant leaks. Since they can be so dangerous, it is crucial to know what to do when something like this happens; namely not attempting your own repairs, and addressing the issue as soon as possible.
Why Is It Dangerous?
Refrigerant comes in many types, but the chemicals can be harmful and should only be handled by professionals. A unit that is malfunctioning may leak refrigerant, which will evaporate as a gas. This gas is harmful to humans and can cause many health problems including headaches and even asphyxiation in some extreme cases.
Left unattended, refrigerant leaks can damage your entire air conditioning system. Your local AC company can explain to you that when levels are low, it puts more stress on your compressor than is necessary, and can create issues in all parts of the unit. Addressing the problem will not only save you from expensive repairs, but will also save you money on your electricity bills. When the refrigerant is low, your unit will be working harder to produce the same amount of cool air, which results in an increase in energy consumption.
What to Do?
While this is not the most common problem residents of Tarpon Springs will encounter, it’s important to have regular inspections to catch anything that might prevent your unit from working at peak efficiency.
If you suspect there may be a refrigerant leak in your unit, don’t wait to contact your Tarpon Springs AC company. Call a certified technician who will be able to seal the leak for your safety, the protection of your environment, and the protection of your air conditioning unit.
Midway Services is a comprehensive AC company available to help you with any type of issue you may encounter with your cooling system. Give us a call today to learn more about our services, or to schedule an appointment.