How Long Does Freon Last in a New AC Unit? - An Expert's Perspective

Freon, a brand of refrigerant, is designed to last indefinitely. It does not burn like fuel and it does not “run out” like the gas in a car. When an air conditioning system is in optimal condition, the refrigerant is recycled within a closed system to cool your home. If you have a refrigerant leak, you may need to replace the air conditioner if it is a certain age. Generally, air conditioners have a lifespan of about 15 years.

In a well-functioning air conditioner, the refrigerant is recycled into a closed system to cool the house. However, over time, the air conditioner tube can wear out and cause the system to leak, resulting in a drop in the freon level. A professional can detect the location of the leak using a bubbling agent, special electronic equipment, or UV dye. In a normal air conditioning unit, freon should last 10 to 20 years. Your system shouldn't lose more than half a kilo every few years or more; many systems go through their entire lifespan without needing to add gas. If you suspect that your air conditioner is leaking freon, it is important to have it inspected by an HVAC technician as soon as possible.

The technician will be able to determine if there is a leak and advise you on the best course of action. If the leak is minor, they may be able to repair it and recharge your system with freon. If the leak is more serious, they may recommend replacing your air conditioner. It is important to remember that freon does not “run out” like fuel or other consumable products. If your air conditioner is leaking freon, it is likely due to wear and tear on the system over time.

Regular maintenance and inspections can help ensure that your air conditioner runs efficiently and lasts for its full lifespan.

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