Fixing an Air Conditioner Refrigerant Leak Did you know that it's technically possible to fix a leak in an air conditioner? Although it may not be the most cost efficient repair to make based on the age of the unit, fixing a leaking air conditioner can buy you some extra time to get the money needed to have a new one installed. Let's take a look at what all goes into repairing a refrigerant leak in an air conditioner. Determining the Type of Refrigerant This first step is extremely important due to the fact that putting the wrong refrigerant in your air conditioner will destroy the compressor. You will need to determine the age of your air conditioner to verify what type of refrigerant it is using. If your AC was manufactured before 2010 then it is most likely using R22, the old and now phased out refrigerant. If it is newer than 2010 it will utilize R410-A refrigerant. Locating the Refrigerant Leak Evaporator Coil By far, the most common place for a refrigerant leak to occur in an air conditioner is at the indoor evaporator coil. This coil sits on top of your furnace and is what absorbs the heat from the indoor air before sending it outside to be dispersed. This coil which is shown below, is also commonly called an "A-coil" due to it being the shape of the letter "A". Most refrigerant leaks are very small pinhole sized leaks that can only be detected by a...Read More
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