“Topping Off” Refrigerant: A Common AC Myth

You have probably heard it said before that an air conditioner in need of repair might only need the refrigerant (better known by a somewhat outdated trademarked name Freon) topped off. But usually, adding refrigerant into a system does not solve the actual problem.

If you need more refrigerant, it’s because something has gone wrong with the air conditioning system, so you may want to seek a second opinion from another company if you technician wants to simply add some more. Read more about what it means to be low on refrigerant in today’s guide.

You Need a Set Amount of Refrigerant for an Air Conditioner to Function

Refrigerant should be carefully measured upon the installation of your air conditioner so that it can properly absorb and release heat. Refrigerant is pumped through the system by the compressor, and it releases heat at the outside condenser coil. Heat is absorbed from the air in your home in the evaporator coil, which cools as the warm air from your home blows across it.

Low refrigerant can cause numerous issues for an air conditioner. You may not feel enough cool air coming into your home, or it may even feel warm. The evaporator coil can freeze, and the compressor is likely to struggle to operate since it is designed to process an exact level of refrigerant.

Low Refrigerant Means One of Two Things

It is possible that your technician only needs to add more refrigerant, but this generally only happens when the refrigerant was incorrectly measured out in the first place. Often, the reason a system is low on refrigerant is that there is a leak somewhere along the refrigerant line or in the compressor. If the leak is coming from the compressor, it could create major problems for the system, so be sure you have a qualified technician there to diagnose the problem.

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