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Is Your HVAC Unit Leaking? You May Be In Danger

Joann Gardner

When your HVAC unit starts slowing down or struggling to cool, there's a chance that you might be suffering from a Freon leak. When this happens, there is a good chance that you might be in danger until you get it fixed. It is particularly problematic for younger people, like children.

Freon Can Be Dangerous

Freon is a colorless and odorless gas that, in small doses, isn't dangerous. It isn't poisonous, as such, but it can block your access to vital oxygen and make it more difficult for you to breathe. When this happens, your lungs might not fill up as much as possible and cause you to struggle to properly breath.

When this gas spreads through your home in this way, you might be regularly breathing in Freon and suffering from overexposure. Most of the time, this is not a danger. However, sustained and regular exposure could be dangerous if you don't take steps to address it as soon as possible. Even worse, it may cause some development issues in young children.

Causes Of Freon Leaks

One of the most common causes of Freon leaks is simply the operation of the unit. As it runs, it will vibrate and may causes joints and other connectors to pop out. When this happens, Freon may start leaking out of the unit and potentially affecting your health. If your unit is operating poorly and refusing to cool down your room, it is possible to pinpoint where your leaks start.

Listen For The Sound Of Hissing Freon

If you are worried that your HVAC unit is leaking Freon, you can check by following this simple procedure:

  • Turn off your air conditioner
  • Open up the windows where the unit is located
  • Open the side of the unit to get access to the interior
  • Listen carefully for a hissing sound
  • Spray water on the side of the unit where you notice the hissing
  • Watch for bubbles where the water lands

As you might expect, the bubbles indicate where your Freon is likely leaking. If you have the time to do it, it is wise to add a little HVAC putty to the side of the unit to seal the leak. This will serve as a temporary or even a permanent solution to the issue.

So if you notice that your air conditioning unit is poorly operating and are worried that it may be leaking Freon, contact an HVAC repair specialist right away. These skilled experts will identify the source of the leak and protect you and your children from any serious health issues.

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When was the last time you realized that you had a serious plumbing problem? About a month ago, I knew that I had to make some big changes, so I began talking with different plumbers about getting the job done. I told them that I wanted to replace the bathtub in the bathroom and the sink and faucet in the kitchen, and they took my requests in stride. Before I knew it, my entire home was updated and I felt great about the work. I wanted to start this blog to help other people to learn more about plumbing and repair.