You don’t need to know every detail of how your air conditioning system works in order to operate it. However, it’s a good idea to know some of the most important parts of the air conditioning system, so you know when to call for repairs. With that in mind, let’s take a look at one of the most vital components of your air conditioner: the refrigerant.
What Is Refrigerant?
Refrigerant is a broad term, referring to any one of a variety of heat transfer fluids used in air conditioners. No matter what kind of refrigerant is used, however, the function is the same. The refrigerant is evaporated to absorb thermal energy from the home’s air. Then, the refrigerant gas travels to the condenser unit outside and is converted back into a liquid. This releases the thermal energy outside of the home. This is how your air conditioner actually cools you home, by constantly evaporating and condensing refrigerant to move heat outside.
An air conditioner is given an initial charge of refrigerant when first installed. That refrigerant is meant to last for the entire lifespan of the air conditioner. The biggest problem that usually occurs with an air conditioner’s refrigerant is when the refrigerant line develops a leak. This drains the air conditioner of refrigerant, which causes the entire system to eventually break down. Before that happens, though, low refrigerant levels can cause all sorts of other problems in the system. The evaporator coil can freeze over, the compressor could break down, and output will be lowered. If you discover a leak in your air conditioner’s refrigerant line, call a professional to patch it immediately.
If you need air conditioner repairs, call Switzerland Air. We provide air conditioner repair services throughout Lake Jackson, TX.