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Everything You Need to Know About Refrigerant

Sep 23, 2019

outdoor-air-conditioning-unit-with-toolsWe had a long, hot summer here in Albuquerque, NM this year. Our summer weather can really put your system to the test. Did your air conditioner stand up to this test? If your air conditioner can’t seem to keep you cool through these last few lingering weeks of summer and early weeks of fall, it’s time for you to take a closer look at your unit.

The problem is usually the refrigerant. It’s hard to rank what parts of your air conditioner are most important but refrigerant is one of the top-ranking portions. If you find that you’re having trouble with your refrigerant, you’re going to need a great HVAC contractor in Albuquerque, NM. We can be the team for you, and we can even inform you about your system along the way.

Refrigerant: The Rundown

We really want to get some misconceptions out of the way right at the top. We talk to a lot of homeowners who think that their refrigerant can “run out” and that it’s common for the refrigerant to need to be “topped off” after a heatwave or a long summer. This couldn’t be further from the truth.

If your refrigerant ever needs to be “topped off” it’s because it’s leaking. Don’t let an amateur or a handyperson convince you otherwise just to make a quick buck. Your refrigerant will need to be refilled or recharged, but the vital step before this is repairing the refrigerant line. We also need to take a look at your air conditioning system as a whole to make sure nothing else is off.

Wait… It Doesn’t Run Out?

Nope! We know that a lot of homeowners are shocked about this, so we also want to take the time to explain why it doesn’t run out. For your refrigerant to run out, that would mean that your air conditioning system would have to run on refrigerant in the same way that a car runs on gas. Your air conditioner is powered by electricity. Your refrigerant is merely the liquid that your air conditioning system uses to cool off your air.

What You Can Do About It

If you notice that your air conditioner is showing signs of failing because of lost refrigerant, you can contact a professional as soon as possible. There’s really not much that you can personally do here. Refrigerant requires professional care.

We know how tempting it is for you to try your hand at a DIY attempt or rely on a friend or amateur to try to get your AC system right. We want to discourage you from doing this though. Give your air conditioner the care it deserves with professional work. We provide top tier service at low prices and we always make sure that our service is prompt. Don’t nurse that refrigerant problem any longer—contact us today.

Contact our professionals at Desert Suns Heating & Cooling Inc. when you’re having problems with your refrigerant. We’ll make sure your air conditioning system is always in great shape. New Mexico’s Comfort Specialists.

Categories: Air Conditioning