We often have homeowners ask us if they need to add more refrigerant to their air conditioners during the summer in order to help them operate more efficiently. While there is a point at which your air conditioner needs a refrigerant refill, it should not be happening that often. It certainly shouldn’t be happening once a year. Let’s take a look at how your air conditioner uses refrigerant, and why it normally shouldn’t need a refill.
What Is Refrigerant?
Refrigerant is a catchall term that describes a range of heat transfer fluids, used by systems like air conditioners to move heat from one place to the other. An air conditioner operates by evaporating refrigerant in an evaporator coil, located inside the indoor unit of the system. By evaporating refrigerant, the coil draws heat out of the air in your home. The refrigerant gas then travels down the refrigerant line to the condenser coil outside, where it is converted back into liquid. This releases the collected heat.
Air conditioners do not consume refrigerant during operation. In fact, the initial charge of refrigerant that a system receives upon installation should be enough to last for the entire lifespan of the system. There is only one time when this is not the case: refrigerant leaks.
If a leak develops in the refrigerant line of the system, it will slowly drain the system of the fluid that it needs to operate. Output will decline over time, and eventually various parts of the system will start to malfunction. This is the only time when new refrigerant needs to be introduced to the system. So be sure to call for repairs if you notice fluid dripping from your air conditioner.
Switzerland Air offers air conditioner repair and maintenance services throughout Brazoria, TX. Call today for an appointment.