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The Importance of Freon to Your AC Unit

The Importance of Freon to Your AC Unit

July 25, 2019

When your air conditioner isn't working correctly, there are a number of things that could be the issue. One of the most common problems is with Freon, the refrigerant that makes your AC system function correctly.

What does Freon do in an AC unit?

Freon serves two purposes for your AC system: it allows your AC system to get rid of its internal heat and it makes the air it discharges cool. Freon is the coolant, or refrigerant, that makes your home cool when it's hot outside.

How to know if there's a problem with your Freon?

Any issue with your Freon will quickly become apparent by your AC unit's lack of performance. Some of the common warning signs of a freon leak are a hissing sound coming out of the unit, ice build-up outside the unit, vents blowing warm air, and higher utility bills. If you're experiencing any of these problems, HomeServe of Staten Island can help.

If you think you have a Freon issue, call us for a professional inspection. One of our experts will evaluate your unit, identify and repair the source of the leak, and refill for Freon to normal levels. This simple fix will typically restore your AC system to normal function.

What is R-22 refrigerant and why is it so expensive?

R-22 refrigerant is one of the most common forms of AC coolant. However, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency reported that R-22 has been harmful to the earth's ozone layer and a nationwide R-22 refrigerant phase out began a few years ago. R-22 production will cease in 2020 as part of the Clean Air Act. Since it has a limited production time, the costs of R-22 has increased and will only continue to climb. There are a few steps you can take to prepare:

  • Check your AC unit to see what type of Freon it runs on: Most AC units have a label on the outside that will say what type of refrigerant it uses. If not, either your owner's manual or the manufacturer website will have the information.
  • Get your system checked: If you haven't had your system tuned-up recently, now is a good time. A tune-up will ensure everything is working order and you have enough R-22 coolant, rather than waiting until prices continue to climb.
  • Consider upgrading your system: If you have an older system that runs on R-22, you may want to consider an AC replacement. Newer systems are more efficient and will not only save you money on your refrigerant, but also on your cooling costs.

HomeServe of Staten Island can help!

If you're concerned about a Freon issue with your AC system or about having R-22 freon, HomeServe of Staten Island can help. We're Staten Island's trusted air conditioning contractor, and we can help with all your AC repair, replacement and maintenance concerns. If you need of our services or are interested in more information, give us a call at 800-691-5972 or contact us online. Our team is available to help you with all your AC needs!


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