Causes of Freon Leaks

Yesterday we gave you a brief introduction to freon leaks. We busted a common myth (stating that the freon stores in your system are constantly being depleted and need to be refilled) and gave you a few facts to help you the next time you’re dealing with a less-than-honest HVAC technician.

To build on that, here is a quick guide that explains the three most common causes of freon leaks. At the end of this post, you’ll find a link to an article that shows you exactly how you can repair the leaks you find.

Freon leaks can be caused by…

… Bad parts. Unfortunately, shoddy manufacturing is the most common cause of freon leaks. Manufacturers are cutting corners in production and are creating parts that aren’t as sound as they should be in order to turn a profit during a recovering economy. This is leading to the development of freon leaks early in the life of an air conditioner.

… Bad connections. Even when using the best parts, seemingly minor mistakes during installation can cause leaks. Most often, freon leaks are caused by weak solder connections. Thankfully, a skilled technician can fix this with relative ease.

… Damage. Damage to any part of your air conditioning unit can cause freon to begin leaking. Most often, the damage happens to the part of your unit that’s outside. Weed whackers and lawnmowers are the most common culprits because they bang up the copper pipes that transport the freon.

Think you’re dealing with a freon leak? Find out how you can repair a freon leak by calling JMAC Heating & Air Conditioning at 702.227.5622 today.

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