What is Air Conditioner Refrigerant?
We’ve all heard it before — “Your AC isn’t working because it’s low on Freon.” Okay… What does that mean? Can I fix it myself? Is it something that should be left to an air conditioning company?
Let’s take a deeper look into the meaning of air conditioning refrigerant and why it is important.
What is it?
Every air conditioning unit needs refrigerant, also known as coolant. The refrigerant is a cooling agent that actually turns the air cold. The most common type of refrigerant is Freon.
How does it work?
Refrigerant absorbs the heat in your air – sort of like a sponge. The coolant flows through your AC compressor into the condenser where it turns into liquid form. The refrigerant then goes through the expansion valve and then to the evaporator where it finishes a complete cycle through the AC system.
Why is it important?
Refrigerant is vital in keeping your home cool. Without it, your air conditioning unit cannot keep your home cold. Also, low refrigerant levels increase your electricity bills. Because refrigerant is the main source of cool air, your unit is working harder and harder to keep hot air out of the house when the levels of coolant get low. This means that your AC unit is racking up energy costs in your home.
Whether you just need an air conditioner tune-up or you need a professional to come take a look at your Freon levels, ask Champion AC for help. We will make sure your refrigerant cycle is up to date and working properly, no matter what the situation is.
Ben is a retired Combat Controller with the United States Air Force. He started Champion AC in 2007. Ben is originally from the Mississippi Gulf Coast. He is happily married and an avid fan of the San Antonio Spurs and New Orleans Saints.