Causes And Dangers of Air Conditioner Gas Leaks

Causes And Dangers of Air Conditioner Gas Leaks

One of the most common reasons for air conditioning to lose efficiency and stop freezing is gas leakage. To resolve this issue, which affects most installed systems, the first step is to detect the leak. Did you know that there are risks affecting all knots, from avoiding unnecessary energy expenditures and recharging gas to damaging the planet?

Before presenting what these dangers are in gas leakage, it is important to remember that it is through it, the refrigerant – also known as ‘coolant’ – that thermal exchange occurs in the device, absorbing heat while performing the cooling work of the environment. Therefore, when the air conditioner has some fault when acclimatizing the place where it is inserted, most of the time the reason is the gas leak.


Gas is not weakened or depleted

Many people still don’t know how fluid works within the system, assuming the reason the equipment doesn’t acclimatize or cool is because “fluid is weak” or because it “loses efficiency.”

However, the gas does not lose performance, leading to the conclusion that the recharge should not be a vicious circle, but must be detected where the leak is to provide the most suitable solution for its elimination.

Now, let’s go to the risks that this can pose, both for the consumer and the technical professional as well as for the air conditioning or cooling apparatus itself.

Risks caused by gas leakage from air conditioning

For the consumer:

The first situation is the loss of efficiency and therefore the reduction of the thermal comfort desired by users, with negative impacts on well-being and productivity. The second is the increase in electricity consumption since the system is programmed to control the output temperature, which if it is below the configured one, causes the compressor to increase its effort, thus consuming more energy. Energy costs a lot, we all know that.

People who use the device while there is a leak end up spending a lot of money, uselessly spending on gas recharging and excessive power consumption. At this time, it is very important to observe and ensure this problem with the technician, who must eliminate the leakage points, so that it is no longer necessary to spend on recharging the fluid.

The concept » Good practices » defines that the right thing to do is to do preventive maintenance, from time to time, so that the system works in ideal conditions and without waste. Good Practices, in addition to reducing costs, increase the life of air conditioning and cooling systems.


For the installer:

Time and work wasted. Not to mention their own professional credibility, they may lose the trust of customers by always returning to the same problem. Not knowing how to identify and eliminate gas leaks is a very serious fault for the technician, putting his own name into play at the time when he cannot detect and solve one of the most common problems in refrigeration systems (often unknown to users) and how to solve it, which goes against the good cooling practices we talked about earlier, which must be performed by those working in the sector.

For the “technical” class as a whole, there is still the risk of bad faith of some “professionals”, faithful practitioners of the “gambiarra, cunning and deception brought” technologies, who maintain the practice of repeated gas refills on purpose, as a business strategy over time, omitting customers the real failure and taking advantage of it financially. While it may take a while, actions like this will scare away people who hire this kind of “professional,” sooner or later, being embarrassing to the industry when these “categories” of professionals get confused in the market.

Remember that we repudiate these attitudes. When you are called to do maintenance, whether preventive or corrective, demonstrate the quality of your work to continue to be rewarded fairly!

On the other hand, there is also a great technological evolution and therefore the technician may not have yet been aware of a novelty, so continuous updating through technical readings, courses, visits to industry fairs, attention to new products and technologies and even the exchange of information with other technicians, retail professionals and manufacturers are ESSENTIAL, reducing the possibility of technical delay and the technician falling into ignorance.


For air conditioning:

In addition to the risks and losses – for the customer and the technician – that we have explained above, we cannot forget the problems that gas leakage has brought to the system itself. In addition to causing loss of efficiency and forcing corrective maintenance to repair the fault, a common effect on the equipment is accelerated wear of its parts, for example, and can even reach the compressor, which is the heart of the air conditioner.

If the system is under low fluid load, the device does not work properly, allowing it to be desired in air conditioning and overloading all parts and components, which in addition to increasing and spending a lot on energy, condemns the system reducing its lifespan.

Therefore, it is a REALITY that the risks involve everyone, one thing leads to another and becomes a large-scale loss. That’s right: ALL LOSSES.


Solutions For Gas Leak In Air Conditioner 

Leak test

This test is performed by the gas pipe technical professional to check if something is waterproof, airtight, that is, leak-free. In short, the objective of this evaluation is to examine the system to ensure that there is no gas leak, because, if this happens, the problems go beyond financial loss with the execution of repairs. Therefore, this is a standard procedure performed by the installer. See in detail how to do the Leak Test.


Sealant application for microfiltrations

Did you know that today there are products specially developed to eliminate such gas leaks and to solve problems like this safely and practically? They are designed precisely to put an end to this nightmare experienced by customers and professionals and are compatible with different types of fluids, not only of air conditioning but also of commercial and industrial refrigeration systems when it comes to indicating the type of leak detected, being a great reference for those who appreciate agility.

When considering this idea, do not forget to also be aware of the quality of this product, which are known as sealants or leak caps. Currently, as in all segments, there are those of excellent quality and low quality, which threaten the sector by the harmful effects on the system, committing to the valves and the compressor itself.

A good reference for those looking for a quality product is TAPA FUGAS K11®. The technology developed in this sealant, compatible with all fluids and types of lubricants, eliminates micromachines anywhere in the air conditioner, such as compressors, evaporators, capacitors, copper or aluminium tubes, welds, flanges and hoses, permanently sealing the site.

Watch the video to better understand your app:

It is also worth mentioning that the product comes from K11’s partnership with Spectronics, an American company that has been inventing fluorescent contrast technology by ultraviolet light for more than 60 years (since 1955). The technology applied to TAPA FUGAS K11® is certified and recognized internationally by large institutions such as ASHRAE, which regulates the refrigeration industry worldwide.

For more information on TAPA FUGAS K11® , access the product on the official K11 website.

The company also provides a free catalogue on new technologies to combat fluid leaks. It is very interesting material on the subject and to access it just click on the link above.


Maintenance and best practices

As already mentioned during this publication, preventive maintenance prevents the appearance of problems such as fluid leakage and can avoid other future problems that damage air conditioning, so it is best practice to eliminate all the risks we present here.

Therefore, it is ideal to do maintenance periodically, every 6 months in periods of high device use and at most annually to check for any system failures of your computer.

You can be attentive and follow all the news and guidance on this topic on the website, which is indicated for both consumers and professionals in the sector. The portal offers some very useful brochures to implement this idea.

Given the possible solutions to gas leakage, you now know how it works and what the risks are to you as you go through this situation. Therefore, always appreciate the attention we give you and look for suitable alternatives when solving this common problem in homes and businesses. It’s good for you and everyone. It’s good for the world.

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