There are a lot of parts that make up your air conditioner and they are all pretty essential to the process of cooling your home. From blower motor belts to fans right down to the return air duct filter, you need each and every part of your AC working in harmony to keep the house comfortable. This, of course, should also include the refrigerant in your system.
Refrigerant isn’t necessarily a “moving part” but it is still essential to the cooling process. We’ve found that there is a lot of misunderstanding about what refrigerant is and what its role is in your AC so we want to give you a quick explanation. The more you know about refrigerant, the better able you’ll be to know when you need to reach out to us for AC repairs in Prescott Valley, AZ.
What Is Refrigerant?
Refrigerant is a substance, usually either gaseous or fluid, that is used for heat transfer. Many refrigerants used in air conditioners today are a type of chlorofluorocarbon or hydrofluorocarbon. These chemical mixtures are made to undergo multiple liquid-to-gas-to-liquid transitions to help your AC do its job.
What Does Refrigerant Do in Your AC?
All too often, people believe that refrigerant is meant to be “used up” like fuel. This is far from the truth though. Refrigerant plays the role of a heat transfer medium in your AC unit. This means that your system cycles the refrigerant, compressing and evaporating it in turns, to allow it to absorb heat and transfer that heat outside of your home. By doing this, refrigerant creates cool air for the house and is continually cycled at the appropriate pressure until your AC is retired….or it runs into trouble.
How Do I Lose Refrigerant?
At this point, you may be a little concerned. If your refrigerant isn’t used up over the course of your air conditioner’s lifespan then why do you need to refill it? The truth is that if you are losing refrigerant it is because you have a leak somewhere in or refrigerant line. This is something that does require a professional technician’s help to repair. The more refrigerant you lose the worse off your air conditioner and your energy bills will be.
Can I Refill My Refrigerant Line Myself?
You can probably guess the answer to this one: no you definitely should not refill the refrigerant line on your own. For starters, refrigerant can be highly toxic to humans and should only be handled by a professional. For another thing refilling your refrigerant line isn’t just a matter of topping it off. When you refill or recharge your refrigerant it requires appropriate tools to make sure that you have the correct amount of refrigerant in the system at the correct pressure. Only a trained professional should be allowed to do this.
Come to Cool Touch Air Conditioning and Heating for help with your refrigerant line repairs, refrigerant recharges, or any other AC issues you may have. Our team is trained and ready to help.