You may have heard the term Freon before. This is actually a brand name given to a very important component within your air conditioner, and that’s chemical refrigerant. Without this refrigerant, your cooling system is nothing more than a large house fan. Fans can certainly help out a bit in hot weather, however if you really want to achieve comfort during the summer, then you need a highly effective and efficient air conditioner. And for that, you need refrigerant.
What many homeowners don’t understand is just how refrigerant works in their air conditioner. As such, a common question we get from homeowners is, “how often do I need to refill Freon?” The short answer to how often you should have to replace—what we call recharge—refrigerant is, “hopefully never!” We’ll explain below.