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What exactly is Freon and why is it so Important to you’re A/C System

Many times a technician will come to your home when you’re having an A/C problem and mention that your system needs Freon. While you may have heard of the term, what exactly is it and what does it do?

Freon is the refrigerant that cools the warm air throughout the coils and compressors in you’re A/C System. All A/C system’s compress Freon, which is extremely hot. When the gas moves through the coils, it cools down into a liquid form and absorbs the heat from the outside air, then pushes the cold air out. It is a constant cycle of hot air in and cold air out, which provides the cool comfort in your home.

When Freon leaks your AC stops blowing cold air, which in many cases usually leads to a service call. That’s because Freon shouldn’t deplete on its own and an outside factor (such as a leak) is causing the warm air from occurring.

You should know though that not every problem related to an AC blowing hot air is related to a Freon problem. A dirty filter or faulty thermostat could also be the reason.

A professional from ASAP Heating and Air Conditioningcan inspect your system just before the beginning of each cooling season and inspect and potentially repair the insulation around the cooling lines. Most refrigerant lines run from the condenser, which sits outside your air conditioning system (and probably outside your house), to the evaporator inside the house. The refrigerant lines are covered with insulation. If the insulation looks worn, your air conditioner is not working as efficiently as it can be. Your service professional will then replace the insulation on the lines with the exact kind of insulation that originally covered the lines so no new future problems should occur.

For additional information on Freon and to schedule a service call to check for any leaks in your insulation lines and coils.

Written by Direct Heating and Cooling