Have you heard of R-22? If not, you’ve likely heard the word refrigerant, and you know that it’s the fluid within your air conditioning system that enables it to function. You might even have a basic understanding of how refrigerant works, and at some point you may have needed your refrigerant to be refilled (this is called recharged in the HVAC industry).
First off, the only reason you should ever need your refrigerant to be recharged is in the case of damage and leaking refrigerant. Ideally, air conditioner is supplied with enough refrigerant upon installation to last its entire lifecycle.
So let’s refer back to R-22. This is a type of refrigerant—an ancient chemical blend no longer used in modern air conditioners. R-22 is being phased out. That’s right, it won’t be available anymore to our clients. So, what should you do if you have a refrigerant leak?