How Do You Know if Your Air Con Has a Freon Gas Leakage?

Air conditioners have graduated from becoming a major need instead of want. It’s always so hot and humid in Sunny Singapore, where rain doesn’t do much to ease the fiery wrath of our tropical heat. Now if you’ve got an air cond at home, you’d want to know everything there is about Freon gas because a Freon gas leakage is the last thing your home needs.

What is Freon gas?

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Well, Freon gas encompasses the class of chemicals known as Chlorofluorocarbons or CFC’s. At room temperature, it’s a gas but it evolves into liquid when cooled or compressed. Freon gas is relatively odourless and colourless, and is used as a cooling agent or refrigerant (R-22) in air conditioning systems. It is usually added to the air cond’s compressor on a closed looped system and continuously recycled.

Bear in mind that you won’t need to refill it unless you suspect damage or a gas leak to your air conditioner, in which you should contact the professionals right away.

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Dangers of a Freon gas leakage

You shouldn’t take a Freon gas leakage for granted because it can result in severe dizziness and suffocation. Those with a history of heart problems are at high risk, as this gas leakage has been known to cause irregular heart beats and palpitations.

How to identify an aircon gas leakage 

If your air cond isn’t emitting cold air anymore, you should definitely be concerned. Place your hand in front of the panel where the air exits the AC unit to test the temperature.

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Keep a look out for stains that might appear on the refrigerant piping, including the controls. Look for frost-like buildup on the copper lines around the HVAC unit.

Frost build up in an air cond
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Use a leak detector or any similar device to check if there is a leakage.

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Check the thermostat reading to see if it matches the surrounding temperature.

Using thermostat as an alternative to check for leaks
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So these are the typical signs you should keep an eye out for. We believe that all issues have a cause, so don’t forget to get your unit checked and serviced by certified, licensed and reliable air cond specialists. It’ll save you plenty of money over time instead of having to replace your air cond with a new one. Log on to Kaodim and hire professional contractors at fixed, affordable rates!

written by Carissa Gan & Shee Wen