Refrigerant leaks in mini splits, heat pumps, and air conditioners are a common problem that can lead to a range of issues. Not only do they reduce the system's efficiency, but they can also pose a threat to the environment and human health. Learn about the different types of refrigerant leaks and how they can be detected and repaired.
Types of Refrigerant Leaks
Refrigerant leaks can occur in several areas of a mini split, heat pump, or air conditioner. The most common locations are in the condenser coil, evaporator coil, line sets (copper tubing), soldier joints, and flare connections. A refrigerant leak can be caused by various factors such as wear and tear, vibration, corrosion, or poor installation.
Detecting and Repairing Refrigerant Leaks
If you suspect a refrigerant leak in your mini split, heat pump, or air conditioner, it's essential to call a professional HVAC technician immediately. As a reputable HVAC company, we use high-tech infrared leak detectors to detect refrigerant leaks. These detectors can quickly and accurately pinpoint the leak's location, allowing for fast repairs and preventing further damage.
In addition, A.J. LeBlanc Heating uses special connections on mini splits called Smart Locks which prevent issues related to flare connections failing. These Smart Locks provide a secure connection that is less likely to leak, reducing the risk of future refrigerant leaks.
Properly Evacuating and Vacuuming Down Air Conditioning Systems
When installing a new air conditioning system, it's crucial to evacuate and vacuum down the system properly. This process involves removing air and moisture from the system, reducing the risk of future air conditioning problems and leaks.
A.J. LeBlanc Heating uses the latest technology when starting up newly installed air conditioning systems. We use an HVAC industry standard process called triple evacuation to make certain our installations are leak free. Our installation technicians always pull a vacuum down to below 300 microns. Furthermore, we ensure that our vacuum holds for at least ten minutes after we have reached 300 microns, this confirms that our installed connections have no leaks and that the air conditioner or heat pump is leak-free when it goes into service.
Refrigerant leaks can be a significant problem in mini splits, heat pumps, and air conditioners. They can cause reduced efficiency, environmental damage, and health risks. However, with the help of a professional HVAC technician, refrigerant leaks can be detected and repaired quickly and efficiently. By using the latest technology, such as infrared leak detectors, smart locks, and properly evacuating and vacuuming down air conditioning systems, A.J. LeBlanc Heating ensures that their clients have reliable and efficient HVAC systems that operate with no leaks.