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Does My Refrigerant Need to Be Refilled?

Upon installation, your HVAC unit is supplied with enough refrigerant ideally to last through the system’s entire lifespan. Many homeowners mistakenly assume that refrigerant is something that is consumed and needs to be refilled on occasion as a result.

On the contrary, refrigerant is constantly recycled. Therefore, if you suspect that your system is low on refrigerant, yes, it does need to be refilled, or rather, charged. However, more importantly, your HVAC system needs repairs if it is losing refrigerant.

What Problems Does Too Little Refrigerant Cause?

If the levels of refrigerant in your system are too low, then your air conditioning system can suffer from a number of problems. You may notice any or all of the following issues if you are in fact experiencing a leak.

  • The air from the vents does not feel cold.
  • Your cooling bills are unnaturally high, especially in comparison to what you’ve paid in previous years and what your neighbors are paying.
  • Your cooling system cycles on and off too much—a process called short cycling.

There are a number of reasons that your air conditioning system could be experiencing any of these issues, such as a failing compressor or damaged fan motor. For this reason, it’s important to have your system inspected by a professional.

You Should Not Lose Refrigerant

As mentioned above, many homeowners think that it’s normal to need refrigerant once every cooling season. But this just isn’t the case. Your air conditioning system is designed in such a way that refrigerant should never leak out.

If you do call an inexperienced HVAC technician or handyman out and they simply replace the refrigerant, be sure to ask what they are doing to repair the leak so that you don’t have this problem again later on down the line.

To schedule professional air conditioner repairs with a team you can trust in New Braunfels, TX, contact Riteway Service Co. today.

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