The question posed in the title of this blog is a trick. You should never have to top off the refrigerant in your home cooling system. Why? Because refrigerant is not consumed in the way that fuels such as gasoline or oil are. Instead, the refrigerant in your system is recycled over and over.
This doesn’t mean that the refrigerant in your system will never get low, of course. It just means that a low refrigerant level is indicative of a problem, and not the result of refrigerant consumption. Read on, and be sure to schedule all of your air conditioning services in Everett, WA with our team.
Why Low Refrigerant Levels Are of Concern
The refrigerant in your home cooling system is directly responsible for the cooling of the air in your home. Refrigerant changes from gas to liquid phases with great ease, making it an ideal heat transfer medium. When refrigerant is evaporated in the evaporator coil of your air conditioner, it absorbs heat from the air surrounding it. It then travels out to the condenser, where it is condensed and sheds its heat.
If you have low refrigerant in your system, it won’t be able to effectively or efficiently cool the air in your home. Plus, you actually run the risk of damaging your system by forcing it to work with too little refrigerant in place. That is why you don’t just want refrigerant added to the system, without the underlying issue also being resolved.
Should you notice that there is ice developing on your home cooling system, that the air blowing from your vents is rather tepid, or that your system is short cycling, be sure to dial our number right away. All of these are potential warning signs of refrigerant leaks.
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