FB tracking pixel
VIRGIE 606-639-1253 PIKEVILLE 606-437-0838
VIRGIE 606-639-1253
PIKEVILLE 606-437-0838
American Heating & Cooling, ready to service your Air Conditioner in Prestonsburg KY

Refill My AC

Do I Need to Refill My AC Refrigerant?

Monday, September 26th, 2016 at 11:00 am

We often get this question from homeowners when we're repairing or servicing their air conditioning systems. Refrigerant is a very important part of air conditioner operation, and while it does need to be replaced under certain circumstances, that only happens rarely. Let's take a look at how your air conditioner uses refrigerant, and when it requires more.


An air conditioner uses refrigerant to transfer heat out of the home. During operation, the system evaporates refrigerant to siphon thermal energy from the air in the ducts. The refrigerant gas then travels down the refrigerant line to the condenser coil outside, where it is condensed back into liquid to release the collected heat out of the home. The refrigerant is then sent back to the indoor unit to be evaporated again.

Your air conditioner doesn't actually consume refrigerant while it's operating. Instead, it recycles the refrigerant back and forth throughout the system. The initial amount of refrigerant that an air conditioner gets during its initial installation should be more than enough to last for its entire lifespan. There is only one time when this is not the case.

Refrigerant Leaks

If a leak develops in the refrigerant line, as can sometimes happen, it will drain the system of the fluid that it needs to operate. This will cause the output of the system to steadily decline over time, and eventually parts of the air conditioner will start malfunctioning. If the refrigerant leak isn't found, and the lost refrigerant replaced, the air conditioner will eventually break down entirely. Call for repairs if you ever notice liquid dripping from your system.

American Heating & Cooling offers air conditioning repair services throughout Paintsville, KY. Call today for an appointment with one of our air conditioning experts. We'll make sure your air conditioner is in top operating condition.

Map & Directions
Google Map of American Heating & Cooling
Click to view full map

Get In Touch
1892 South Mayo Trail • Pikeville, KY 41501
Mon-Fri: 8AM - 5PM Sat-Sun: Closed
HVAC License# HM05039
Electrical License# CE26117
Connect With Us
Payment Options
For AC repair service in Pikeville KY, we accept most major credit cards.
We accept cash for Cooling repair service provided in Prestonsburg KY.
We accept check for Air Conditioner repair service provided in Whitesburg KY.
Home   |   Email Us   |   Schedule Service   |   Get a Quote   |   Ask a Tech   |   Employment
Home   |   Email Us   |   Schedule Service   |   Get a Quote   |   Ask a Tech   |   Employment