Refrigerant in an HVAC System

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Things are cooling down, which is a sure sign that it’s time to give your HVAC units a little TLC. Spring and fall pre-checkups are crucial to the performance of your units when the frigid temperatures are upon us.

When it comes to your HVAC refrigerant charge, slight differentials can cost big in the long run due to decreased efficiency. An inefficient system will have to ultimately work harder to produce even minimal results.

If a leak is detected in your system, the efficiency drops significantly. Fluids that are needed for you system to properly function can be drained. Not only does a leak cause a decrease in performance and efficiency, it also leads to more serious issues occurring down the line. Leaks place extra strain on the compressor to do its job.

Let’s take a step back and focus on three key functions of HVAC refrigerant:

Heat Transfer: The evaporator transfers heat into the refrigerant; the refrigerant transfers that heat to the condenser.

Compressor Cooling: As refrigerant flows across the compress, it also removes heat of compression, mechanical friction, and other heat absorbed during the process.

Compressor Lubrication: Refrigerant provides the compressor with lubrication to avoid harmful friction.

It’s important to keep your refrigerant in good standing; the life of your HVAC system depends on it.

Staying in the loop with refrigeration phase-out.

In 2014, the EPA ruled to phase out R-22 Refrigerant. Due to the harmful impact it can have on both the planet and the human body, the EPA is taking steps to protect the two assets. If your system is running on R-22 refrigerant and leaks have been spotted, ask our trusted technicians if it’s time to replace your system to meet future requirements.