Two ways to rid yourself of refrigerant leaks for good!
If you are like me and has central air condoning in your home, condo or office, the last thing you like is when it doesn’t work. From all the repairs, short of a blown compressor I would venture to say that a refrigerant leak is the second to last issue you want to hear of. The leak can be anywhere from the indoor machine to the outdoor area where the condenser is. Possibly the leak is between the two on the lineset (piping) between the two. From bad connections to wear and tear or maybe even a nail in the pipe.
Effects of a refrigerant leak go far beyond the cost of the replacement of the “gas”. Oil leaves the system with the refrigerant. The gas evaporates and the oil leaves a mess. The oil is now not inside your system where it lubricates the components. Wear and tear and diminished equipment life is a result.
Take matters further, keeping it brief, the way a refrigerant system is charged up is by pulling a vacuum on the current system, and while under vacuum releasing the refrigerant into the pipes. BUT WITH A HOLE IN THE PIPE IN AN UNKNOWN LOCATION, HOW DO YOPU PULL A VACUUM?!
Two fixes to eliminate or reduce a leak in any refrigerant based cooling system (minisplit heat pumps, convention central air, etc.
1, Good practices when installing.
2, Chiller style system. Keep all the refrigerant in a small sq ft location, and distribute the BTU with chilled water piping.
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