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Question DetailsAsked on 11/15/2014

My 1.5 ton AC unit is 3 years old. The same tech who installed it just charged me for 4 pounds of r22 to recharge

I have a Gibson 1.5 ton AC unit that is 3 years old. It started blowing warm air a couple of months ago. The same tech who installed it, repaired it, and is charging me for 4 pounds of R22 freon plus labor.
Is it normal for a unit just 3 years old to leak out so much freon? He did not say where the leak was!

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Not normal - you definitely have a leak, which he should have tracked down with a dye tracer BEFORE refilling the unit with expensive gas. Actually, for him to have topped off the unit like that without first repairing the leak is illegal under federal law.

Whether you go to another provider with a bit more smarts or try to get him to come back and trace the leak like he should have done at no charge to you for the tracing (though you should pay for the repair, and the gas in the system is recoverable and should be reusable) is your call. Certainly sounds like a vendor who needs a review from you on AL.

Answered 5 years ago by LCD


You have a major leak

Easiest to track & fix in your attic

If in the walls, then either sheetrock or cabinet/trim nails shot a freon line.

Typical of nails, the leak begins slow then gets worse over time = 4# in 3 years

Detecting in walls is SO difficult, many elect to abandon lines & create new ones on outside of wall.

Leak in attic = defective HVAC serviceman

Leak in walls = defective General Contractor NOT any fault of HVAC installer

Answered 5 years ago by tgivaughn

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