Dealing with an AC Refrigerant Leak

Posted On: May 09, 2013

During the long cooling season in Kansas City, Lenexa, Olathe, and the Overland Park area, we rely and depend on our air conditioning systems to provide us relief from the scorching outdoor temperatures. We love the sun—just as much as we enjoy coming home to a cool, comfortable house. When an AC system isn’t cooling like you expect it to, it can be incredibly frustrating. It may also mean that the unit has a refrigerant leak.

To learn more about AC refrigerant leaks, call Top Notch Heating, Cooling & Plumbing today at (913) 535-8002(913) 535-8002, or keep reading to learn more.

Refrigerant leaks are very common, and they can wreak havoc on your expensive AC system if they go undetected. It’s likely that the refrigerant in you system is R-22, sometimes referred to as FreonTM, although it is now being phased out of production for the non-ozone depleting chemical known as R-410A, or Puron. All air conditioning systems, from ductless mini split systems to heat pumps, rely on refrigerant to transfer heat.

Detecting AC Refrigerant Leaks

Our AC technicians will assist you with the testing, detection, and repair of refrigerant leaks in any air conditioning or heat pump systems. We are experts in refrigerant leak related AC repairs. Once the place and size of the leak have been identified, we will present you with the most economical options, in an effort to save you money. Some possible scenarios are presented below:

Refrigerant Leak in the Condensing or Evaporator Coil

If the refrigerant leak is in the condensing coil or in the evaporating coil, repair might be possible, depending on how accessible the leak point is. As a last resort, we can fix the air conditioning unit by replacing the leaky coil with a new one.

Refrigerant Leak in the Valve or Access Port

If the refrigerant leak is in a valve or access port, the valves can be cleaned pretty easily by a professional AC technician. Replacing a refrigerant service port valve does require smoldering—our technicians are fully equipped to perform the operation in a timely and economical manner.

Refrigerant Gas Leak due to Severe Corrosion

If the refrigerant leak is due to severe unit corrosion, a solder repair is probably not possible because the unit likely has thinned and weakened parts. For this reason, we recommend AC replacement as the most economical long-term solution.

Keep in mind that there is an excellent HVAC tax credit currently available for the purchase and installation of an efficient unit. Call us or contact us online today to learn more. We’re proud to serve Kansas City, Lenexa, Olathe, and the Overland Park area.

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