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Improper Refrigerant Charge Can Cause AC Headaches

We recently had our first 90-degree day—and we all know more are soon to follow. With temps pushing triple digits, your air conditioning system is sure to be under a lot of stress.

One of the most common problems we see this time of year is an improper refrigerant charge. Contrary to popular belief, refrigerant doesn’t need to be “recharged.” Rather, it has leaked and needs to be refilled. In fact, your cooling system would never need to be recharged if it operated under perfect conditions.

Signs Of Improper Refrigerant Charge

There are two easy ways to tell if your air conditioning system has improper refrigerant:

If you’re experiencing either of these issues, it means your system isn’t running efficiently, and the result is almost always higher energy costs.

What Causes Improper Refrigerant Charge?

There are a number of factors that can lead to refrigerant leaks, most of which are a result of everyday wear and tear. These include blower and condenser fans that become imbalanced or dirty over time, creating unnecessary friction and rubbing on the copper tubing that holds the refrigerant. Because copper tubing is prone to break down under this kind of stress, the result is a leak that slowly costs you money.

With a preventive maintenance agreement, our trained and certified technicians will maintain your equipment to minimize wear and tear. Keeping your parts clean and balanced will prevent leaks as well as the need to recharge your refrigerant.

Enjoy everything that summer has to offer. Don’t spend time worrying about your air conditioning system, or worse, spending more time and more money fixing it when it stops cooling altogether. Contact us today to learn more about our preventive maintenance agreements.

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Ron Gundershaug

As vice president of Yale Mechanical’s Service Division, Ron leads the Twin Cities’ largest service fleet committed to superior HVAC service and energy management solutions. He has been helping Yale Mechanical solve the toughest HVAC problems for more than 27 years and is committed to providing service with unmatched quality and response time.

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