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What is Freon?

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.

Where Can You Buy 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.

Questions about Freon? Consult The Professionals!

For any questions and concerns about the refrigerant used in your AC system, call Phoenix Air Conditioning, LLC. Our Palm Beach County & Martin County AC 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.

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