An efficient AC unit that works perfectly is a requirement for most of us throughout the hot summer months. If you want a cool home to walk into when it’s hot and steamy outside, keeping your air conditioner’s Freon level where it should be – without any leaks – is crucial. It’s the lifeblood of your air conditioner.
Although there could be many reasons why your AC isn’t working properly, many times it will be that your air conditioner’s Freon level is low due to a leak. Without the correct amount of refrigerant, your AC unit simply won’t cool your home as it should. Here are 4 clues that your AC system has a Freon leak:
Here are three things you should do if you suspect a Freon leak:
An important fact to be aware of: simply adding Freon isn’t a sound, long-term solution. The leak needs to be found and sealed or you’ll find yourself right back in the same situation in the not too distant future.
If you do have to add Freon, you’re probably now thinking it isn’t a big deal. It’s like buying some gallons of gas, right? Unfortunately, it’s not that simple. In fact, it’s pretty expensive, but it’s still going to cost a lot less than having to replace your entire AC system. Freon is bought in units by the pound. Most air conditioning units hold around 4-6 lbs. of Freon. Today’s typical refrigerant type that most AC units use costs anywhere from $50-$90 per pound. R-22 Freon is much more expensive - anywhere from $135-$175 plus per lb.
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) determined that R-22 has been harmful to the earth’s ozone layer and a nationwide R-22 refrigerant phase out was implemented. Because of its ozone depletion characteristic, production of heating, ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC) units that use R-22 has been stopped. In addition, the EPA requires that the production of the refrigerant itself ends by the year 2020. Due to the limited production, R-22 costs more than other refrigerants.
It’s important to keep the major systems in your home, like your AC, heater, and water heater, working the way they should. For routine maintenance and emergency repairs, you can rely on the experienced professionals at PSEG Worry Free Long Island to take care of any issues. We’re proud to be working with HomeServe, a premier, nationwide provider of home emergency repair programs, to offer repair and installation services of central air conditioning, natural gas heating, and water heaters to Long Island homeowners. Our dedicated, experienced professionals have the expertise necessary to provide the important HVAC services your home needs. With a great attitude, our team provides prompt and courteous service, skilled technicians, and high-quality repair and installation services for all our heating, cooling, and water heater customers.
If an unexpected issue arises, we have a 24/7 emergency repair hotline to help with any problems that occur with any of your systems. We understand how crucial these systems are to your overall home comfort, and we’re standing by to quickly provide a quality repair solution and ensure that your HVAC equipment is running properly. You can count on Worry Free Long Island for all of your heating and cooling repair, replacement, installation and maintenance needs. We proudly service the residents of Farmingdale, Hicksville, Commack, and throughout Long Island.
If you are in need of our services or need more information, feel free to call us at 866-608-8020.