Air Conditioning Freon Fun Facts

What is it that allows your air conditioning unit to provide cool air on those summer days? What secret science is behind your home staying comfortable? Usually, it is Freon. Freon is a chemical used in all types of air conditioning systems.  In your home, your kitchen refrigerator, your car, and the building you work in, it’s Freon.  Prescription Heating and Cooling can assist you in keeping your home or business working safely and efficiently by checking and testing what is going on in your air conditioning system or unit.

Freon (trademark of The Chemours Company), is used in a wide array of halocarbon products that are on the open market. Freon is a stable, nonflammable, somewhat toxic gas or liquid, primarily in use as refrigerants and aerosol propellants. Amongst the product types are chlorofluorocarbons (CFCs). Multiple types of Freon products exist, the bulk of them made today have additives that remove Freon’s ability to deplete the ozone layer.

Through a process of high and low pressures within your cooling system, Freon is able to move heat (a source of energy) from inside your home and safely move it to the outside where it releases it to the outside air.  This is how the system provides that cooling effect in your house. Should you ever notice that your system seems to run excessively, cannot maintain your set point on your thermostat, or you notice frost or ice on the refrigerant lines coming from your outside condenser coil, you may have experienced a loss of refrigerant.

If your system is leaking Freon, you will need expert outside assistance. Regulations are in place that limit only licensed professionals to purchase and handle refrigerants. You will not find standard issue or industrial strength Freon on store shelves. An inspection, leak check, and repair of the refrigerant system is required prior to refilling your Freon. This requirement will end up saving you money in the long run in the event of a Freon leak. If left unchecked, the leak will continue and you will simply need additional refills on a more frequent basis. Being low on Freon can also lead to early compressor failure due to the fact that it uses the refrigerant to cool the motor within the casing (or body) of the compressor.

For more information on how to have your Maplewood and surrounding areas air conditioning system ready for warm weather, call Prescription Heating & Cooling at 651-767-2737 or you can contact us to get a Free Estimate.