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Everything You Need to Know About Refrigerant

Do you know exactly how your air conditioner cools your home? Before you say anything, remember that it’s completely fine if you don’t know. After all, there are millions of homeowners in this country who actively use their air conditioners every day while not having the slightest idea of how they work.

However, being informed about how your air conditioner works would make it a little bit less stressful when something starts to go wrong. Wouldn’t it feel better to be more knowledgeable about your air conditioner, so you can better avoid being caught off-guard?

Today we’re going to talk about a vital part of the cooling process: refrigerant. And we’re going to talk about exactly how your AC uses this material to cool your home. With this information, you’ll have some serious insight into the functionality of your system, and you’ll be better prepared to call professionals for AC repairs in Rome, GA.

What Is Refrigerant?

Refrigerant is a special material that exists in your air conditioner as both a gas and a liquid. This material is actually essential in the cooling process because it uses its dual-states to condense and evaporate, drawing and displacing heat throughout your property. When the material enters the evaporator coil of your air conditioner, it evaporates and draws heat with it. This pulls heat from the air of your home. Then the refrigerant travels to the condenser coil where it is compressed and condensed, so the heat disperses outside. If you’ll notice, we’re creating a loop of refrigerant between two coils, and the heat is traveling in one direction—outside.

What Happens If I’m Low on Refrigerant?

Each air conditioner model has specific refrigerant amounts. An AC that starts to drop in refrigerant will function similarly to a car that doesn’t have enough oil: it will run inefficiently and have trouble performing the cooling process. We can’t state enough that refrigerant is essential to the cooling process, and your air conditioner is just a metal brick without it. It’s always a good idea to call a trained professional when you suspect your air conditioner is running low on refrigerant, since they can both perform a recharge (when they refill the refrigerant) and find the source of why there’s not enough refrigerant to begin with.

How Can I Tell If I’m Running Out of Refrigerant?

There are a variety of ways to tell if you might have a problem with refrigerant in your air conditioner. For starters, leaking refrigerant sometimes makes a hissing noise that can be similar to gas leaking out of a pipe. Not only that, but your energy bills will probably start to skyrocket since the air conditioner has to work much harder cycling less refrigerant through the system.

From problems like those, to just an overall decrease in cooling power, your air conditioner will start to struggle when it’s low on refrigerant. Dealing with refrigerant problems doesn’t have to be a huge problem, and if you’ve got a team of experienced professionals to check it out, you’re sure to find the source of the problem.

Our pros at Moody Heating and Air Conditioning can get to the bottom of your issue. Call us today!

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