Changing Your AC Refrigerant

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When should I change my AC Refrigerant?

Having an air conditioner makes it possible to enjoy your environment even when it is unbearably hot outside. It also helps to improve the quality of the air. An air conditioner filters out many of the pollutants and even mold from the air which helps you to breathe better. This is very important if you have asthma or if you suffer from allergies since you will most likely reduce the number of attacks that you get.

The trick is to change your filters regularly otherwise your air conditioning unit can actually contribute to the pollution in the air. Just make it a habit to check your air conditioner regularly and be sure to mark it down on your calendar to help you keep track of when you changed it. These filters also help to keep bugs and parasites out of your home and can keep your environment free form indoor pests such as ticks and fleas as well.

If you are more comfortable, you’ll naturally be able to get more done so your productivity will improve. So if you want to get a big project completed, you should make sure that your air conditioner is working properly.

Eventually, the refrigerant in your air conditioner will run out, and you will need to get it filled up again. You may not be sure if that is the issue, but there are a few things to look for when you suspect that it has indeed run out.

For one, you will notice that the air coming out of your air conditioning unit is not as cold as you remember. You may even notice that there is not as much air blowing out of the unit. You may also notice that there is ice buildup on your unit which happens when the inside of your AC freezes due to low refrigerant. You may also hear a hissing or bubbling noise which could indicate a fairly large refrigerant leak. If the leak is small, you most likely won’t hear anything. Over time you’ll probably notice that your energy bills have gone up significantly. It could also mean that you left your air vents closed so be sure to check that first.

If you suspect that you have a leak somewhere in your system, you’ll want to get an HVAC technician out right away to fix the issue. A trained technician will evacuate the entire system, find the leak, test the fix and then refill your air conditioning unit.

It is important to have your air conditioning unit working efficiently so that you are not paying more on your utility bills than you have to and so that you can enjoy the nice, cool weather when it’s too hot outside to bear. You may want to put it off if it is still working somewhat to avoid the repair bill, but it is easier and less expensive to get it fixed before it completely breaks down so you will want to get it taken care of right away.