Maintaining a livable and comfortable interior temperature can be a challenge sometimes in Los Angeles, where temperatures based on where you live can extend from below 0 to the over 100.  When it comes to those hot days, having an air conditioner unit can make an otherwise unbearable day more enjoyable.  In addition, with easy installation it is easy to install a unit and quickly forget.

For the most part, air conditioners are safe.  However, if a problem develops with the refrigerant and it begins to leak, then you will need to address the situation as soon as possible.  As few people realize, refrigerant leak can be dangerous.

How Your Air Conditioner Works

When an air conditioner is being made, a set amount of refrigerant is added.  The majority of air conditioners on the market have either R-22 or Freon acting as the cooling agent.  Both of these cooling agents are also considered CFCs, or chlorofluorocarbons.  Being controlled substances, these fluids have to be carefully handled when being disposed of.  Despite their risk, they provide the primary means for cool air to be created, providing you with an escape from the heat.

The Risk Posed To The Air Conditioner

Your air conditioner is designed to work within certain in-built guidelines.  These guidelines require a certain amount of refrigerant in order to function.  When the amount of refrigerant drops, the entire cooling system is stressed, resulting in it breaking down quicker.  In addition, you will require more power in order to keep it producing cool air.  As a final note, the amount of cool air and the temperature of the air will gradually worsen the longer you do not address this.

Potential Health Risk

The leaking coolant can pose a health risk in two ways.  First, coming into contact with the coolant can be damaging to your skin.  Even short term contact can prove a health risk that should best be avoided.  In addition, to direct contact, there is also the threat created by the coolant dissipating into a gas and being breathed in.  Capable of causing respiratory problems if exposed to enough of it, the coolant produces a less then safe or ideal condition inside the room where the air conditioner is located.  If you do notice an air conditioner leak, then you will want to contact a trained professional as soon as possible to stop the leak and return your air conditioner back to full health.

Call Temperature Control Corp today to help with all of your air conditioner unit needs.