Is a Freon Leak in Your Home Dangerous?

Is a Freon Leak in Your Home Dangerous

How often do you think about Freon? The reality is that unless you’re an HVAC technician, you don’t think about it very often.

However, considering it’s an integral part of air conditioners and that you live in Florida, it might make sense to learn at least some basic information about it, especially since it is dangerous to be exposed to a Freon leak.

What Is Freon?

Freon is the trademarked name of a specific kind of refrigerant. It’s a pressurized gas that cools all of the warm air inside your home, exhaling it as that gloriously cool air through your return vents.  Depending on how old your air conditioner system is, it may use the kind that is known as R22 or Freon.

If your AC was manufactured after January 1, 2010, it has a different type of coolant, less noxious than Freon. This is because of federal regulations from the Environmental Protection Agency, which require more environmentally friendly components.

If you’re not sure when your air conditioner was manufactured, you can check which type of refrigerant it requires by checking the nameplate.

Is a Freon Leak Dangerous?

Yes. Exposure to freon may cause you or your family members to experience one or several of the following symptoms:

  • Difficulty breathing
  • Sore throat
  • Coughing
  • Dizziness
  • Nausea
  • Headaches
  • Eye irritation

Symptoms may be worse in children and may also affect your pets. In addition, if someone in your household has a history of heart conditions, exposure to Freon could result in cardiac arrhythmia.

Signs of a Freon Leak Inside Your Home

Before you may become aware of physical discomfort due to Freon exposure, you may notice the following signs of a refrigerant leak:

1. The AC Is Hissing

Freon is a pressurized gas, so if there’s a leak from your air conditioner, you’ll hear a hissing sound as air comes out of the opening.

2. Your Air Conditioner Is Not Cooling

Now, if this is the only issue you’ve noticed with your AC, maybe the culprit is something much simpler, like dirty air filters (please change them). But if you notice that your home is warm in addition to the other signs listed on this page, call an HVAC technician ASAP.

For more information, check out our article: 5 Reasons Your AC Is Not Cooling to the Set Temperature

3. Frost on the Condenser Unit

The condenser unit is that big box that sits outside your home. If you have a refrigerant leak, frost will start forming on the condenser unit’s side panels.

Climate Design Can Help You

If you suspect you have a Freon Leak or if you’re having any type of issue with your air conditioner, let us help you! We provide service 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days of the year. So if you’re having an AC emergency, we’re your people!

We provide service all over Tampa Bay: Clearwater, Largo, Palm Harbor, South Tampa, St. Pete Beach, Eastlake, Tarpon Springs, Safety Harbor, St. Petersburg, Sarasota, Bradenton, Lakewood Ranch, Palmetto, New Port Richey.

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