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Can You Repair a Leaking Refrigerant Line in Your AC?

Aug 21, 2023

Discovering a refrigerant leak in your air conditioner isn’t just a cause for concern; it’s cause for emergency. But there’s one problem: you can’t DIY this task, and we’re going to explain why you need to hire professionals for AC repair in Albuquerque, NM to get the job done instead.


First, There Are a Lot of Health Concerns

Refrigerant isn’t just a flammable chemical, but it’s also dangerous when you come in contact with it. And we’re not just talking about it being on your skin: breathing it in has dire consequences and can even be fatal.

When you discovered the leak, you may have experienced mild exposure, which would be minimally harmful. Do not go back into your air conditioner and try to fix this leak on your own.

Our professional technicians have the skills, equipment, and proper safety procedures to handle this repair for you without anyone risking their safety. You can get your AC fixed without having to worry about exposure to yourself or your family.

Second, Think About the Equipment Needed

Do you know what it takes to repair a closed-loop system that’s still leaking with refrigerant? The equipment and techniques used to repair one of these lines require more than what most homeowners have in their garage to tackle the issue.

If you don’t possess the necessary equipment or know how to acquire and use it, you’re already walking into a DIY disaster that could have long-term health ramifications. It’s not worth it, whether you have the equipment or not.

There Could Be a Bigger Problem at Play

Many air conditioners use R-22 Freon, which is now outdated and no longer legally allowed to be imported into the United States or sold in hardware stores. This sounds like a small problem, right? Just pour in another refrigerant and call it a job well done?

The problem is that these systems are designed from the ground up to work with specific refrigerants, so pouring in another type of refrigerant can actually damage the system.

You can’t acquire R-22 Freon, so even if you fix the line, you will run into AC problems trying to run it with insufficient levels of refrigerant. The actual response may be that you need your air conditioner replaced.

That’s not what anyone wants to hear, but it could be the next step. If your AC is too old to be repaired by technicians because we can’t handle R-22 Freon anymore, you need to replace that air conditioner with an updated model that has everything you need.

We’re Here to Help

Your air conditioner can not only break down from a lack of proper refrigerant levels, but it can completely damage certain components to the point that they need to be replaced. That’s expensive, so instead of that, shut down your AC and contact us as soon as possible to help you fix it ASAP.

Contact us today to schedule your air conditioner repair as soon as possible.

Categories: Air Conditioning