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How Do I Recharge My Refrigerant?

A) You don’t.

B) You shouldn’t have.

The truth of the matter is that a low refrigerant level is a sure sign of trouble with your air conditioner? Why? Because unlike the gasoline in your car or the fuel that your heater burns, refrigerant is, at no point, consumed by your air conditioning system.

It is a heat transfer fluid that operates within a closed loop system. This means that a low charge is the result of an improper charge from the get go, or that you have leaks in your system. Either way, you need to dial our number to have the problem corrected immediately.

Why Is Low Refrigerant a Problem?

Low refrigerant levels can lead to a number of different problems with your home cooling system. Your air conditioner, keep in mind, does not generate cool air. It actually absorbs heat from the air passing over the evaporator coil refrigerant evaporates. That refrigerant then goes out to the condenser coil, where it is condensed and sheds this heat.

Now, if you have a low refrigerant level, your system will struggle to remove heat as effectively as it should. That can impede the overall cooling process. This will result in your system working harder than it should have to in order to cool your home. That drives up energy costs. Plus, your compressor may overheat and be put at serious risk of operational damages.

If you see frost on your refrigerant lines, notice warm air blowing out of your ducts, or ice develops on your evaporator coil, dial our number right away. You cannot afford to ignore these problems. You are only putting your comfort, your budget, and the condition of your AC at risk in doing so.

Let Schaal Heating and Cooling handle your AC services in Des Moines, IA.


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