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A/C Leak Stop: Good or Bad?

A/C Leak Stop: Good or Bad?

Although it may seem like a slam dunk solution for those small persistent leaks that require topping off year after year. There are however two different schools of thought on application of leak stop. On one hand you have HVAC professionals who insist nothing should ever be present in the system except refrigerant and oil. On the other, there are those that insist that it comes down to using a trusted product. Since it is not a permanent repair, there are specific, but limited uses for it.  What is Leak Stop? An air conditioning system is a closed loop system, meaning all the refrigerant is hermetically sealed in it. The same amount of refrigerant that existed in the system since installation is the same amount you should always have. Sometimes small leaks occur, usually do to improper installation practices. An HVAC service professional may offer you leak stop as a repair option, but is that the right choice? This depends on the size of the leak. A servi…

The 4 Different Types of Heating & Air Conditioning Systems

The 4 Different Types of Heating  & Air Conditioning Systems
For most people, the systems that provide central heating and air for our homes remain mysterious and complicated. The reality is the basics of heating & air conditioning/HVAC are fairly easy to understand. Buckle up and get ready to expand your HVAC knowledge! HVAC or, Heating, Ventilation and Air Conditioning systems come in all different sizes and applications for your home or business. The whole purpose is to provide a comfortable indoor environment.  The Four Types of Heating and Air Conditioning SystemsHeating and Air Conditioning Split SystemsHeat Pump Systems Ductless or Mini-Split Systems Packaged Heating and Air Conditioning Systems  Heating and Air Conditioning Split Systems  It is called a split system because the components are split up into the outdoor and indoor units connected via a copper line set. On the outside is the air conditioning condenser. This house the compressor, condenser fan, condenser …
The Phaseout of R22 and How it Affects You Most homeowners have probably heard of R22 or its common name Freon. If you have an air conditioning system installed before 2010 and would like to know more, keep reading. Many air conditioning systems 10-15 years or older use a refrigerant called R22. Its commonly referred to by the EPA as HCFC-22. For the sake of simplicity we’ll call it R22 when we refer to it in this article.  The Montreal Protocol R22 was first introduced to the industry in 1950s and became the leading air conditioning refrigerant for use in the HVAC industry. Decades later the United States realized that R22 refrigerant was aiding in the depletion of the ozone layer. So, the EPA in cooperation with other agencies groups around the world, initiated a phaseout of R22 and other ozone depleting agents. An international agreement known as the Montreal Protocol took place in 1987. Considered on of the worst offenders R22 was slated to be phased out along with others.  Phase…