How Can Low Freon Affect My Energy Costs and Comfort

Refrigerant, commonly called “Freon”, is used to transfer heat out of or into your home, depending on the season. When Freon levels are anything less than perfect, the efficiency of the system begins to go down. If your unit is over-charged or under-charged with Freon, it will not cool or heat your home effectively or efficiently.

You Might Have a Freon Leak and Not Know It!

The real problem is that many homeowners may have a Freon problem right now and not even know it. The system may be just barely keeping up with the demand for cooling in the home. However, even if the problem doesn’t result in a breakdown of the unit, you will notice an increase on your energy bills. Here are the most common symptoms of a low Freon charge:

  • Barely cool air or not cold at all: The air coming out of the vents in your home in the summer time should feel very cold. If the air feels cool, but not cold, the Freon levels in your air conditioner may be off.
  • High energy bills: Ever increasing energy bills is another sign of refrigerant issues. When Freon levels are low, the unit must work much harder to transfer heat. Energy usage goes up trying to maintain the same comfort level and consequently your energy bills go up as well.
  • A/C running constantly: Does your air conditioner kick off every hour or so, or does it run all the time? 24-hour operation is not normal and could indicate a low Freon charge in the system.

Inspection and Repair of Your Freon Troubles

Even if your air conditioner is only 1 pound low on Freon it could be causing problems for your home comfort and your energy bills. If you haven’t had your system cleaned and inspected recently call our office today. We offer an air conditioner clean and check service which includes an assessment of the Freon levels in your air conditioner. If the Freon levels are low, our Service Technicians are equipped to bring your system up to charge on the spot! Schedule your service now!

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