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December 4, 2014
How Low Refrigerant Affects Your Air Conditioner
There are multiple components in your air conditioning system that work together to cool your home. But none of these components can operate without refrigerant. Refrigerant is the chemical in your system that helps facilitate the transfer of heat; without this chemical, the cooling process cannot happen. Every air conditioner is made to operate with an exact amount of refrigerant; should the level be too high or too low, your system won’t work correctly. Whenever you have an issue with your refrigerant, particularly refrigerant leaks, it’s important to call for air conditioning repair in Jacksonville. Why? We’ll explain more below, but know that the trained and certified technicians of Buehler Air Conditioning are available to help with all your air conditioning repair needs.
Effects of Low Refrigerant
Low refrigerant is usually the result of a refrigerant leak. Leaks can be difficult to locate, and working with refrigerant requires certification, which are two reasons why calling for an expert for any refrigerant problem is important. Here are some problems that can develop when your system operates with a low refrigerant level:
Icing on Evaporator Coils
Seeing ice on your AC can be a strange site, particularly if it’s hot outside. The reason low refrigerant causes ice to form is this: low refrigerant causes an imbalance in the heat release/cooling process of your system. The warm parts of the system get too warm and the cool parts become too cold; this results in the formation of condensation that then freezes on the cold parts, resulting in a build-up of ice. Simply scraping the ice off does not fix the problem. The refrigerant leak needs to be found and repaired, and if enough refrigerant has been lost, your system may need a recharge.
Seguing from above, a secondary problem that can develop from low refrigerant is warm air blowing into your home instead of cool air. This occurs because the refrigerant imbalance doesn’t allow the heat to release properly, so proper cooling can’t be achieved. As a result, the air that is blown into your home isn’t chilled.
Like your AC system, your compressor is made to compress an exact amount of refrigerant. When the level is off, the compressor can overwork, leading to overheating and possible breakdown.
The bottom line? Operating your AC with low refrigerant is never a good idea.