Low On Freon

We are getting a number of calls from people in the area saying that their air conditioning system isn't working well or they see ice on their refrigerant lines.  This is often the symptom of a freon leak.  The freon circuit of your system is sealed and should never have to be refilled.  If you have a leak the wise move would be to have a leak search performed and the leak repaired immediately.  If not, you will be faced with substantial bills for adding freon over the remaining life of the system.

At this time, about half of air conditioning systems use the new R410a freon while the rest use R22 which is now prohibited.  Due to the lack of production of R22, the price has risen dramatically in the last 5 years.  We've heard of pricing in the field from $30 a pound all the way to $96 a pound.  The average sized air conditioning system uses between 9-12 lbs.

On the other hand, a leak search can cost between $125 and $250 depending on how long it takes to identify the leak.  The leak repair, if it can be repaired, will add another few hundred.  In addition, you will have to pay for the freon required to recharge the system after the leak is repaired.

What to do?  If your system uses R410a and is within the manufacturer's warranty, consider having the defective part replaced or the leak repaired.  If your system uses R22, you may want to consider the advantages of replacing the system rather than face continuing expense of refilling your system or paying for repairs for a system that is discontinued.

Angie's list offers some helpful advice.  If the cost of the repair multiplied by the age of the system exceeds $5,000, consider system replacement.  If it is less than $5,000, consider repair.

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