Leaks happen, it's better to address them head on than leave them alone. They don't get smaller only larger over time. R-22 refrigerant is very expensive, because of the phase out mandatory production restrictions.
- Some leaks are easy repairs:
Replacement of service valve cores
Replacement of service valve caps
"Leak seal" pump down valve caps
At Juli Klein's A/C Service we have a solid approach to refrigerant leaks:
- Leak search system
- If the leak is in a coil - we call to check the manufacturer warranty status - If it's in warranty, arrange the warranty, quote the customer their cost for the labor and materials.
- With a R-410A refrigerant system, special precautions are taken to have optimal "after repair" function of the air condoning system.
R410A refrigerant is a blend of different refrigerants. They leak at different rates. That upsets the cooling effect of the system. When we change a coil we reclaim and recharge with virgin R-410A refrigerant with the proper blend to preserve the integrity of the system function. That refrigerant has an oil in it that attracts moisture. If the system has been open for an undetermined amount of time, it could be full of water. Other cautions will be advised and taken as case warrants.