A common misconception about refrigerants is that they’ll run out or go bad over time. According to the experts, this won’t happen, since refrigerant is good to last the lifetime of your equipment. If your cooling system is low on refrigerant, this can only mean trouble. Typically, systems with low refrigerant tend to waste energy and harm the environment.

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Here Stone Heating and Air, one of the most trusted air conditioning companies in the area, shares more information about refrigerants.

Refrigerant: Does It Expire or Run Out?

Since refrigerants don’t go bad or disappear over time, an air conditioner with low refrigerant can only mean one of two things: the unit was undercharged at installation, or the unit is leaking.

In case of a refrigerant leak, HVAC companies usually fix this by identifying and then repairing the parts that are leaking. Then they charge the system with the correct amount of refrigerant. If your technician simply added refrigerant to “fix” the problem or has been adding refrigerant to your air conditioner every year, you should find another contractor to take a look at your unit.

The Importance of AC Tune-Ups

Refrigerant leaks can be harmful to the environment. That’s why you should address such leaks immediately and ensure regular tune-ups for your air conditioner.

As mentioned earlier, it’s important for technicians to find the source of the leak and repair any compromised parts before adding refrigerant to the unit. Refrigerant leaks can be detected through AC tune-ups, so make sure to call your trusted technician for routine checks and maintenance.

If you’re looking for an air conditioning or home heating company, Stone Heating and Air can provide you with top-notch services. Our expertise includes HVAC repair, maintenance and replacement. Call us at (541) 855-5521 or fill out our contact form to request an appointment.