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Three Common Mistakes You Should Avoid When Doing Air Conditioning Repair

During summer, your AC unit becomes the most important piece of equipment you need to maintain. Not only does proper maintenance help keep your living space comfortable, but it helps prolong the life of your AC unit. Following are several common mistakes homeowners make with AC units and three effective ways to avoid them. [Read more…]

Straightforward Steps for Avoiding Expensive Air Conditioning Repair

Keeping your home’s AC unit maintained properly throughout the year goes far beyond saving money on repairs. It ensures that you stay cool during the hot summer months so you can actually enjoy the money not spent on repairs for some summer fun. Even if you know nothing about these units, you can still keep them in good condition for a long time. [Read more…]

The Top Four Misconceptions that Can Trigger an Air Conditioning Repair

There is a lot of free advice on the Internet about the best thing you can do to prolong your AC unit’s life. However, not all of them are truly helpful. In fact, some of them are just perpetuating old myths on how to take good care of your AC unit. Still, reputable air conditioning repair service firms like Brown & Reaves Services, Inc. in Myrtle Beach, SC are only too happy to set the record straight and give honest and practical advice on how to maximize both the efficiency and life expectancy of your AC unit. [Read more…]

Three Bad Habits that Can Cause Frequent Calls for Air Conditioning Repair

When it is hot and sunny in Myrtle Beach, regular air conditioning repair seems pretty normal – after all, when you aim to be as cool and comfortable as possible, you tend to overwork your unit until it inevitably breaks down. However, this also cuts down your unit’s life expectancy significantly. In the end, not only will you have to spend for constant repairs, you will also end up having to buy a new unit much earlier. [Read more…]

3 Reasons Air Conditioner Refrigerant Leaks Must Be Fixed Quickly

Air conditioner refrigerant leaks are one of the most common reasons why air conditioners need to be repaired. Air conditioning systems use a variety of coolants to transfer warm air and moisture from inside the home to the outdoors. Most residential systems use Freon, which is being phased out, or R-410A, which is a newer product. No matter which type of refrigerant is used, a leak is a serious concern that must be addressed by air conditioning service technicians.

3 Reasons Why Air Conditioner Refrigerant Leaks Need to be Fixed ASAP

Some reasons why air conditioner refrigerant leaks need to be fixed as soon as possible.
Health Hazards

If anyone in your home is exposed to leaking Freon, it can be hazardous to his or her health. Freon is a gas at room temperature. It is a poisonous substance that can cause severe injuries if it is inhaled. Leaking Freon can also be dangerous to your family pets if they are exposed to it. Both Freon and R-410A are foul smelling. If you smell a bad odor coming from the air conditioner, it is important to call Brown & Reaves Services for prompt service.

Equipment Problems

A leak of Freon or R-410A can cause additional damage to your home’s air conditioning system. The leaking gas may cause the air conditioner’s rubber gaskets to crack and fail. Metal and rubber hoses connected to the air conditioner may become brittle when exposed to Freon and other refrigerants. These problems could add to your repair bill or even necessitate a replacement of the air conditioning equipment.

Environmental Damage

Even a small amount of leaked Freon can cause environmental damage. When Freon escapes the closed system of the air conditioner, it causes a chemical reaction with ozone in the air. The environmental damage caused by Freon is the reason why the U.S. EPA phased out its use. R-410A leaks may damage nearby plants, trees, vegetable gardens or flowers. You should not eat fruits or vegetables that come into contact with it.

Give Brown & Reaves Services a call today. 843-497-9867, or fill out our short form and someone will contact you as quickly as possible to check on system leaks for you.

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Detecting and Fixing an Air Conditioning Coolant Leak

When your air conditioning system is no longer cooling properly, it may have an air conditioning coolant leak. Air conditioners built since 2010 use a coolant called R-410a, and older units used Freon. The U.S. EPA phased out the use of Freon because of environmental dangers when the substance leaks into the atmosphere. If your air conditioner is not sufficiently cooling your home, a service technician can find the leak, determine which coolant your system uses, and properly address the problem.

Detecting and Repairing an Air Conditioning Coolant Leak

Finding and fixing an air conditioning coolant leak requires a certified technician with the right equipment.Finding Leaks

To find an air conditioning coolant leak, the air conditioner technician uses a pressure gauge. This gauge measures how much coolant is present and determines the pressure level of the air conditioner. If the charge of coolant is too low, your air conditioner cannot effectively cool your home.

Determining the Type of Coolant

It is important to know whether your air conditioner uses Freon or R-410a. This is because a system that uses Freon cannot be refilled with R-410a. Different equipment is also needed for different lubricants in the repair process. Most air conditioners have a label on them that indicates what type of coolant the system uses. If it does not, the technician can check the A/C model’s age, and manufacturer or serial number to determine the coolant it uses.

Fixing Air Conditioning Coolant Leaks

HVAC technicians will find the source of the leak, such as a cracked gasket, that causes a small leak over time. The hoses that transfer the coolant may also have deteriorated and need to be replaced. If your air conditioner has other problems, such as an aged motor or malfunctioning circuit board, and the unit is more than 10 years old, the technician may suggest replacing the system with newer equipment that uses R-410a.

If you have any questions about a possible air conditioning coolant leak, contact Brown & Reaves Services, Inc. via our convenient form or call us today at 843-497-9867.

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