Ozone depletion and global warming seem to be two unstoppable buzzwords in the mainstream media today. They are also reasons why your HVAC company should be really adept at detecting leaks in the coils of your air conditioning system. Saving the world is a noble reason to diagnose a leak but even the most seemingly insignificant leak costs you money. Unlike the atmosphere or global warming, money in your bank account is something you can actually see.
Leaks Leading to Lawsuits
The truth is that no pressurized system is completely leak proof. The problem is so pervasive that manufacturers like Lennox, Ruud, and Rheem have faced class action lawsuits over leaks in the evaporator coils of their systems. There are flaws in all systems. The best leak detection systems in the world are not sensitive enough to detect every leak. Some are simply too minute to detect. Over time the stress placed on the system exacerbates the issue and eventually, a small leak becomes a big problem.
If there is insufficient refrigerant in the system it is imperative that tests are conducted to determine the cause of the evaporator coil leaks. Low refrigerant is a catalyst for many issues with an air conditioning system. These issues can range from poor cooling performance to excessive cost in operating the system to complete failure.
Copper is the Culprit
Simply adding refrigerant without properly diagnosing the problem is only putting off the inevitable. Defective welds or loose joints become readily apparent soon after a new system is installed. This represents a very small percentage of leaks. The vast majority of leak issues in air conditioning systems arise from the copper tubing inside the coil becoming compromised after four to seven years of use.
The quality of air on the inside of your home can have an impact on your air conditioning system. Many of the common cleaning solutions, furniture, and even building materials emit fumes of formaldehyde. Depending on how well your house is sealed, these fumes may not be allowed to escape and eventually accumulate to a significant level. The advanced level of formaldehyde reacts with the copper evaporator coiling to form formic acid. The acid, in turn, corrodes the copper causing holes in the tubing which leak refrigerant.
Get Help with Leak Detection
While every system leaks there are ways to mitigate the impact they have on your budget and the environment. Increasing the ventilation in your house or adding an air purifier can help but the best way to detect leaks is to schedule regular maintenance on your air conditioning system. Fountain Hills Air has one of the most exhaustive and extensive leak detection processes in the industry. We use extremely sophisticated electronic leak-detection equipment, offer leak checks in up to 6 different instances by several technicians including a supervisor. Save money and the world, and get the peace of mind that comes with a maintenance agreement from Fountain Hills Air.