Freon is a chemical used as refrigerant in some air conditioning systems.
It is a stable, nonflammable, moderately toxic substance that takes the
form of liquid or gas. When used in an air conditioner, Freon is responsible
for conditioning air from warm to cool. Although once widely used, a type
of Freon called R-22 is soon to be phased out, due to its environmentally
harmful properties. Here’s what you should know about Freon and
handling it within your AC.
Freon is a Continual Source
Contrary to what some believe, you can never run low on Freon. It’s
not something you have to replace or refill every couple of months. Freon
continually circulates inside an
air conditioning system, and is used over and over again to cool the air. If you ever do run low
on Freon, it’s because your air conditioner has a leak, which is
a problem that requires the help of a professional AC technician.
Dangers of Freon
Overexposure to Freon carries health risks such as dizziness, loss of concentration,
cardiac arrhythmia, and in severe cases, death. If the need to refill
your Freon ever arises, be sure to let a professional Palm Beach County
AC technician handle the chemical.
How Do I Get Freon?
You cannot legally purchase Freon in the United States without Environmental
Protection Agency (EPA) certification. Online retailers will ask you to
show proof of certification and a letter of intent if you decide to buy
Freon from them. Because purchasing Freon requires certification, it’s
important that you contact a professional AC technician to help you with
your Freon problems.
The R-22 Freon Phaseout
As the world becomes more environmentally conscious, a version of Freon
known as R-22 is starting to be phased out. It was found to have a negative
impact on the ozone layer on occasions that it leaked. R-22 was the standard
refrigerant used in older AC systems, but newer systems are now required
to use cleaner, more energy efficient alternatives. R-22 will remain in
production until 2020 and will only be used to service older AC systems.
Consult The Professionals About Your Freon
For any questions and concerns about the refrigerant used in your AC system,
call Phoenix Air. Our Palm Beach County & Martin County technicians
are EPA certified and can diagnose and fix any issue you may have regarding
Freon, be it a leak or something else. We also check your refrigerant
level every time we perform maintenance on your AC.
Contact us today to speak with a qualified professional.