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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.

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