Air conditioners are sealed systems, in that they do not use up the refrigerant used to cool your house. The only time the refrigerant would need to be filled up is if there is a leak. If you suspect your air conditioner is leaking refrigerant you should call Flame right away and one of our air conditioning professionals will be able determine the cause of the issue and repair it.
A Flame service technician will be able to determine for certain whether or not you have a refrigerant leak. Unfortunately, having a refrigerant leak can often be the cause for a more extensive investigation to determine the severity of the leak as well as the type of refrigerant that is being used. The reason for this, is that the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has issued a phase out of the R-22 refrigerant because of its harmful effect on the environment. The Flame technician will have to determine if your unit is still using this type of refrigerant. Prior to this leak investigation we will inform you of this situation, advise you on your best options for repair, and tell you of any additional costs that could be incurred depending on what option you go with.
Other providers may offer lower prices for a quick fix with a drop-in refrigerant to mimic the R-22. While we may be able to offer this for a short term, it is not an effective, nor a cheap, long-term solution because it will reduce your system’s effectiveness over time and it will have to be replaced more often. Instead, Flame will offer you all of your options up front, along with cost estimates for each, so that you can make an informed decision that is best for you.
If you suspect that your refrigerant is leaking from your air conditioning unit, call Flame Heating and Cooling at 586-582-1700.