Air Conditioner Safety & Freon Leaks

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Air conditioner freon leaks are most commonly caused by a damaged pipe. Find out about air conditioner safety and freon leaks with help from a foreman for Lighty Contractors in this free video clip.

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Video Transcript

Hello, everyone. I'm Joshua Clement, and today I'm going to talk to you about air conditioner safety and freon leaks. What causes freon leaks is a damaged pipe. A damaged pipe then leaks the freon out into the air. These copper pipes in the back of the air conditioner carry freon liquid through the coils which helps cool the room. When one of these is damaged the freon will spill out with a hissing sound. Now you won't be able to see it in a color or even smell it. What you'll most likely come in contact with is eyes burning and a headache. After you discover that you want to vacate the house as soon as possible and go upwind from the house. You don't want to stay downwind because all the vapor will be traveling downwind. You want to inspect your outlet. Make sure that it's not damaged or has any frayed wires showing through the cord. You also want to try to plug it into a GSCI which is a ground volt control interrupt. Where if this comes into contact with water it won't back feed into the electrical box, it'll blow right at the outlet and save you a lot of money with having to deal with the power surge through your electrical box. You want to make sure that after you install an air conditioner you've let it sit for about 24 hours. That way the liquid freon on the inside has a time to settle down into place and not be disbursed through the pipes which would cause some imbalance in the compressor and cause it to blow. You want to make sure that it has enough time to settle down so that way you could plug it in and it works most effectively. Air conditioners can be very dangerous if you do not handle them properly. But handled properly they provide a great benefit to us by cooling the air. Thank you all for watching and good luck with this project.


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