Kansas City Air Conditioners that need Freon added every year

Posted on March 4, 2013 by Jim Horlander

If your Kansas City air conditioning has to have Freon added to it every year, you may want to think hard before “topping off” the refrigerant charge this year. Adding Freon to an air conditioning system means that the cooling system has a leak. The moment the new refrigerant (Freon) is added, it starts to leak out. There are several factors that are driving the cost of refrigerant (Freon) to go through the roof. The first factor; the EPA started a phase-out of chlorine based refrigerants over 20 years ago. As the phase-outs hit certain time tables, so does the production of the type of refrigerant being phased out, thus it becomes a supply and demand issue. Over the past 20 years the cost of the most common home air conditioners refrigerant has increased almost 1000%. The second factor; contractors have been hit with increased operating expenses like higher  labor, insurances, additional EPA regulations and overhead.

If you have been adding Freon to your AC, you may want to look at a long term solution, and that doesn’t always mean replacement. If the air conditioning system is less than 10 years old, you might want to consider having the leak located and repaired. Heartland Quality technicians have two different types of leak detectors on every service vehicle, so even the smallest Freon leaks can be found.

Other things to mention about an air conditioning system that has a Freon leak. If you lose 5% of the factory rated refrigerant charge, not only does the AC system lose capacity, it can cost you 15-25% more to cool your home because of increased electricity consumption.  The reason it is being phased out is quite simple, it’s not good for the environment.  Plus, Freon leaks never get smaller or go away, so there is a strong possibility that at some point you will have to repair the system or replace it all together. Give Heartland Quality Heating & Cooling a call, and we can provide cost effective solutions for your Freon and any potential leaks.

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