Imagine this – it’s the middle of summer in Lafayette. The kids are out playing and the adults are sipping a refreshment by the pool. Everyone is enjoying the bright sunshine and warm weather until your AC starts blowing warm air.

Luckily, a problem like this may be as simple as adding AC freon to your unit. Let’s dive into the specifics about AC freon, to make sure you don’t have to worry about the summer heat.

What is AC Freon & How Does it Work?

AC freon is a type of refrigerant commonly used in air conditioning systems. It is a chemical compound made up of various elements, such as fluorine, chlorine, and carbon. 

Freon helps to cool air by absorbing heat from inside the home, then releasing it outside. This is accomplished through a process called refrigeration, where the heat energy is converted into a much cooler form. The refrigerant then passes through an evaporator coil, which cools the air before being released back into the room. The remaining heat energy is released outside, cooling down the air in your home.

How Often Do I Need to Check or Replace My AC freon?

AC freon is essential for air conditioning systems to operate properly. Without it, the system would not be able to cool the air efficiently. It helps make sure that your system runs smoothly and without any problems.

It is generally recommended that you check your AC freon levels at least once every year. If you notice any signs of a low refrigerant level or if the pressure gauge on your outside unit is low, you may need to replace the freon.

How to Know if You Need AC Freon

If your air conditioning system is running inefficiently or not cooling properly, you may need to add more AC freon. You can check the level of refrigerant in your system by looking at the outside unit. 

Here are a few signs you may have a freon leak:

  • The pressure gauge on the outside unit is low or reads zero. 
  • The air coming out of the vents is not as cold as it should be. 
  • You hear hissing or bubbling noises coming from the outside unit. 
  • There are visible ice crystals forming around the evaporator coil or refrigerant lines.

It’s also important to note that not all air conditioning units use freon. Some newer systems may use a different type of refrigerant, such as R-410A or R-32. It is important to check the label on your unit to make sure you are using the correct type of refrigerant for your system. When it is in doubt, you can call on one of our expert AC technicians to handle it for you.

In fact, adding more AC freon to your air conditioning unit is always best done by an HVAC professional. Our team of HVAC professionals is able to properly measure the amount of refrigerant your system needs and safely add it without causing any damage. 

Turn to Lee’s AC for Your Freon Needs!

When it comes to replacing your AC freon, you want to make sure the job is done right. Lee’s AC in Lafayette has been providing quality air conditioning and heating services for years. Our team of experienced HVAC technicians have the expertise and tools needed to properly inspect your cooling system and replace your AC freon without causing any damage or disruption.

We also offer a variety of indoor air quality products and services designed to keep the air inside your home clean and fresh, as well as routine preventive maintenance checks that can help keep your HVAC system running smoothly for years to come. 

With Lee’s AC, you know that you are getting top-notch service from professionals who care about keeping their customers safe and comfortable all year round!