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Does Your Air Conditioner Have a Refrigerant Leak?

Does Your Air Conditioner Have a Refrigerant Leak?

refrigerant leak new jerseyIt happens sometimes, especially with older A/C systems: you turn on your central air conditioner, but the air coming from your vents is warm.

Not cool.

There are several potential causes for this problem – but if you also notice frost or ice forming on your outside central air conditioner lines, that narrows the possibilities down more or less to one: your cooling system has a refrigerant leak.

Refrigerant is used to transfer heat from inside to outside your home. When levels are low – usually due to a leak – heat builds up in the condenser coils, at first decreasing cool air and eventually causing your equipment to stop working altogether.

The Problem With Refrigerant Leaks in Older Cooling Systems

Historically, recharging a system with refrigerant was an easy process for a qualified A/C technician. But a change in the law has made things a little more complicated – at least for the owners of older systems.

Since January 1, 2020, production and import of R22 refrigerant – commonly known as Freon – has been completely halted by the U.S. Government and the Environmental Protection Agency in favor of Puron refrigerant. This is largely because Puron (also called R-410A, Forane, EcoFluor, or Suva) is kinder to the ozone than Freon. Puron systems also use less energy and cause less overall environmental impact than systems charged with Freon.

Sounds great, right? Now the bad news.

The ban of Freon has made the coolant almost impossible to find in the U.S., and when it is available it is extremely expensive. Most air conditioning units built after 2010 are already using Puron – but if you still have an A/C built before 2010, it could still be using Freon – making a system replacement more practical than a repair or recharge.

The Bottom Line

If you have an HVAC system that has a leak and your system was installed before 2010, you need to start planning for replacement of that legacy system – sooner than later.
A JW Pierson technician can check your A/C unit to see if it is currently using R-22 Freon or R-410A Puron. If it uses Freon, we can suggest an equivalent Puron air conditioning system to replace it with.

For expert air conditioner installation in New Jersey, trust the pros at JW Pierson. We’ll work with you to find a home cooling solution to fit your home and budget, then get it installed quickly and correctly the first time. Contact us today to get a FREE, no-obligation estimate on cooling system installations in NJ!