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Find My Air Conditioner Freon Leak Katy Texas

Friday, March 31st, 2023

Hello and welcome to the #1 Katy, Texas air conditioning blog with video content. I hope everyone is well and more importantly comfortable. This particular “Freon leak” topic is one for the ages as there are so many myths and fairy tales associated with it that I find it almost nearly impossible to cover and dispel all myths and fairy tales. So if you’re told something from a different service provider that I don’t cover here please do my a favor and leave a comment on my YouTube Channel in the video comment section to the particular video you are watching.

Please note: The subjects covered here are primarily for the Katy, Texas area. Katy, Texas is one that depends heavily on air conditioning. I wouldn’t live here without air conditioning. Those that don’t live here may wait until summer hits and it’s hot everywhere not realizing that Katy, Texas has likely been at those elevated temps for months. Keep that in mind if you’re viewing this from somewhere more mild.

Climate and the challenges thereof mixed in with different opinions as to what comfort means to them. We’ve had a population explosion here in Katy, Texas as many people are moving here from all over. If you’re acclimated to a mild climate and move here you may be having comfort issues. This is nothing new to me. I moved here from Wisconsin over 22 years ago. While it can get hot in those northern states it’s typically short 3 months. In Katy, Texas the span of time air conditioning needed is more in the realm of 10 months.

Myth #1. People like to guess what is wrong with their air conditioner. I think it probably needs some Freon, they say. (refrigerant) I speak this way to inform you that Freon is a brand. There are many types of Freon and the term Freon is a brand name. It doesn’t specify what kind or type your air conditioner needs. The wrong type and you’ll have a costly mess on your hands up to and including the demise of your air conditioning system. Does this mean the AC needs Freon (specific refrigerant) or something else is wrong? Guessing is not or ever has been a good idea. To be honest it may need more than just refrigerant. While the need for refrigerant is a common problem, it is not the only problem. This is why you pay a professional to have your AC system inspected.

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It’s different when you’ve had AC service performed and the Freon leak(s) were not found, but refrigerant was added to the system and the AC system started working again for a time. Realize if the Freon leak(s) are not fixed, the Freon (whatever type it is) will leak back out again. An air conditioner is a refrigerant system that is completely sealed. As long as the Freon (refrigerant) doesn’t leak out your AC system will run indefinitely without ever a need for Freon (any type or kind).

An air conditioning system regardless of brand, regardless of type of Freon (refrigerant) can develop refrigerant leak(s) at nearly any time. Just because your air conditioner is newer doesn’t necessarily mean much. I am an air conditioning repair man with 29 years in HVAC as of 2023. I have been repairing air conditioners for longer than some of you have been alive. They all break, they all leak. Anything other than this mentality is a gimmick trying to convince you of something that is a myth. To be clear: “Your unit is leaking because of the name on the side of the unit” — is a myth. My brand is better than your brand is a sales mechanism to sell you a different brand. In a hot climate like Katy, Texas you have to choose something. But basing decisions solely on a brand name is not a good idea. Service after the sale is always an after thought.

The AC Freon (refrigerant) leak search video embedded below is one that the customer had more than one company come to her home and add Freon (refrigerant) multiple times over the course of several months. So in this situation I don’t have any service history other than what the home owner is telling me. Which is entirely different than someone who is just guessing as to what might be wrong / or if an unskilled person looked at it and is guessing. Sometimes I never know what I am going to run into.

I perform a Freon (refrigerant) leak search on a Goodman HVAC system that was leaking R410a refrigerant.

Air conditioning operation or “cooling” provided isn’t magic. An air conditioner doesn’t produce cooling. Heat is energy and that heat is merely transferred outside the structure by the work of the AC compressor that pumps refrigerant in a continuous “sealed” loop. This refrigerant is a type that is designed by the manufacturer of your AC unit that was determined thru engineering and designed specifically for your AC unit. There are 100’s if not thousands of different refrigerants. Right now for the air conditioning market this list may be comprised of a half dozen different refrigerants with R22 and R410a as the most popular.

R22 or Freon is the older of the two. This R22 refrigerant is very costly and most of the time this cost is better put into a new unit as opposed to trying to repair it. In 2023 this is more complicated because R410a is on the chopping block next. By January 1, 2025 there is likely to be an R410a new equipment ban.

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Two refrigerants to take the reigns for the high temp application (air conditioning is a high temp application if you didn’t know.) Will be R32 and R454b for the USA air conditioning application. Both of these aforementioned refrigerants have issues, neither are permanent fixes and if the USA is to hit the targets set by the Kigali amendment to the Montreal Protocol these both will be phased out again in 2035/ 2036 time period. Brand names of air conditioners will mean even less. Refrigerant costs are often reasons for replacing an air conditioner. I started this “New Freon Ban” topic in 2021 if you want the whole truth watch this 5 segmented play list video embedded below. If you don’t watch all 5 segments of the embedded video below you are not getting the entire picture. Approximately 2.5 hours in length in 2023 start to finish with the 2023 update at the end of the play list video embedded below.

New R410a refrigerant ban to turn into Freon Wars among the HVAC manufacturers of the USA. The fun begins in 2025.

Myth #2: A more flashy name brand air conditioner will fix everything. The problem I have is the brand name of my air conditioner. Certainly there can be lemons out there. A high use climate like Katy, Texas will create problems more so than you can imagine brand of your air conditioner has little to do with it (most of the time). If you call me I am not going to play the brand bashing game. I’ve fixed / repaired all air conditioning brands. If it breaks again? AC repairs are what I do all summer long. If I fixed it once I can fix it again or replace it with something newer.

Myth #3: Is your AC system suffering a symptom of being low on Freon (refrigerant) when in fact the Freon (refrigerant) charge is right? How do you know it’s right or wrong? What are you paying for?

There are many things that can happen to an air conditioning system over the course of it’s life that may make you think it’s a Freon (refrigerant) issue when it’s not.

Myth #4: I can’t understand why I should pay a professional before he inspects my HVAC system. (Service Fee) I cover this in the first embedded video above a little. I see the gimmick TV commercials. You know they pose the question that if you use them they will “earn” your business by doing a free service for you. But what they don’t tell you is that their so called “professional techs” —“Trained Techs” is that they are paid on commission. They are going to sell you something so they get paid. If that’s what you want be my guest.

To elaborate the “free call for their professional advice is more or less a high pressure sales call.” If the tech doesn’t sell something, they make no money. Do you honestly think a “pro tech” trained or not is going to keep working with a good attitude for no money? Why and how commissioned based sales often fall apart… is because it’s only about selling so they get paid. This job isn’t easy, the argument over money or how things are done, get done…. it’s hard to put this into words when it’s mild outside. When the heat comes, we separate the men from the boys and their toys in this climate of Katy, Texas. If you spend any time on watching my repair videos — well fact from fiction to me is pretty clear. But belief of something in this HVAC business isn’t entirely easy, even when I provide 4K butter your eyeballs video to show you.

I know these “big HVAC company” tricks — “gimmicks” that sound oh so good on the surface but in reality are nothing more than high pressure sales techniques to get their foot in your door. I know because I used to be a commissioned sales tech over 15 years ago before I got my Texas HVAC contractors license and started my own HVAC company. TACLB28416E.

This situation is completely different if your HVAC system is 20 years old or older. So you have to be realistic. Not saying a 20 year old system can’t be repaired, but not saying it’s a good idea to do that for reasons I will explain in person “after” I view the condition of your HVAC system in question. It may make sense to repair a 20 year old HVAC system, it may not. This is best decided in person with a real HVAC pro in which you’re paying for advice so they don’t just come to sell you something you may not need.

Thank you for visiting with me today. I hope you got something out of this information I provided you with. Did I miss something? Do you have a question? The best place to leave questions are on my You Tube Channel comments section of the particular video you watched.

As always I hope your day is comfortable.

About the author of the #1 Katy, Texas air conditioning blog with video content:

My name is Ray Austin. I am the owner and operator of Austin Air Companie, a HVAC Service Company serving Katy, Texas | Cypress, Texas | Richmond, Texas | Fulshear, Texas and some surrounding areas. I am a Texas Licensed HVAC Contractor with 29 years experience in Air Conditioning and Heating Systems as of 2023. I hold an AOS degree in HVAC/R, EPA universally certified to handle any refrigerant and NATE certified in HVAC installations and repairs.

I write my own AC blogs, create my own AC repair content via video filmed by me, I then edit that content so as to not bore you too much. Everything you see I do it myself. Hundreds and hundreds of your neighbors already know. You don’t need a spy balloon to see what is going on at your neighbor’s house. Subscribe, like and share my videos from my you tube channel ring the bell for notifications and you will be notified when your neighbors ac problem becomes my highlight reel.

I am not, nor have I ever been at the mercy of investors or any outside influence. I am skilled to serve those that call me – I offer solutions that will work – I am skilled to fix problems as they arise afterward. Important to note: I am a capitalist. Austin Air Companie is a for profit business. You will always need a skilled HVAC contractor, probably more so now (2023 and beyond) than at any other time before.

I also own a rental property so I have a unique understanding of this part of the real estate market. Due to the nature of rental real estate the challenges coming soon (2025) could shake things up in a profound way. Your tenants won’t keep paying higher rents without proper air conditioning in a hot climate.

Thank you for considering my HVAC services.

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AC Freon Leaks 2017

Monday, June 26th, 2017

Serving Katy, Texas area: Freon leaks in your air conditioning system pose a big challenge now and in the foreseeable future. Part of the problem can sometimes be a missed diagnosis, because what seems as a system low on Freon in fact could be something else entirely different. Some problems with your air conditioner can mimic that of a system being low on Freon when in fact the system isn’t low on Freon at all. To make matters worse the required amount of refrigerant needed for a modern AC system could be anywhere from 6 to 20 pounds of refrigerant. This isn’t something that should be guessed at.

Freon Sale Katy, Texas

Guessing Is Not Diagnosing An AC System

Guessing only leads to more guessing. This is why proper diagnosis (in person) is key and why inspection of your air conditioning system by a professional licensed HVAC contractor is necessary to getting the results of what you are looking for to begin with. If a system is thought to be low on Freon and the system is charged with additional Freon this additional Freon in many instances can cause the system not to work under heavy heat conditions and it’s not likely to help at all under low heat conditions either. You see when an AC system is under heavy heat conditions, the refrigerant expands. There is only so much room in your air conditioner. If the system is over charged with refrigerant it won’t work right just as much as if the system were under charged, not having enough refrigerant to operate properly.

Air Conditioners Do Not Use Up Freon

Air conditioning systems are designed to be perfectly sealed systems. If the system is leak free it can run forever without any fuss of needing to recharge Freon into the system. The problem is that as an air conditioner ages it can be susceptible to forming leaks sometimes due to poor servicing methods and some times due to just normal wear and tear. Most often the Freon leaks form within the equipment itself. Some times these leaks are repairable and sometimes the leaks are not repairable and may require some equipment to be replaced with new equipment to repair the Freon leaks properly.

Many times I get called out on systems that I have never been to before. Because I have no records of the system in question I can give you several options as a way to get to the point of repairing your system, there isn’t always a ‘one size’ fits all approach to these kinds of problems. Obviously in order to even get to this point the system has to be properly diagnosed to even know that it is low on refrigerant to begin with.

AC Freon Leaks Should Be Repaired Properly

If you have had to recharge your AC system before, there is a good chance the air conditioning system probably has a Freon leak. But even that is not certain if you are a victim of poor servicing methods. The problem with refrigerant leaks is that the best cure is repair the leak. The bigger problem is knowing where the leak is. This many times comes by way of experience and knowing where many leaks typically form with in your AC system. It’s not always that easy to find really small Freon leaks. If you are not certain where a leak exists and you replace only part of the AC equipment only to later find the system low on Freon again, there could be a good chance you made a repair for nothing or you just have an aging system that keeps springing refrigerant leaks. That’s what makes this difficult and why I am writing this blog right now.

Adding things to your system that don’t belong in your system to begin with to find Freon leaks or try to repair them with snake oil additives is not advisable because you are now placing things in your refrigeration system that shouldn’t be there to begin with. I have methods to find leaks that don’t involve adding things to a system. It is the better way to do it with better long term results. Obviously every method doesn’t result in success every time. In time conclusions can be drawn from my own experience and previous invoice records of a given property. Yes, there is more than one reason for a service invoice.

Importance Of AC Service Records

Service records play an important role of keeping your system properly tuned with the right amount of refrigerant your HVAC system needs to perform properly. This is why it is not a good idea to jump from one AC company to another. If servicing is poor at one company, it is likely to be no better at another. This is why you should hire a pro to service your HVAC equipment.

I can give you several options to get to the bottom of system performance issues as well as provide you with options to get that leak free AC system you are looking for. Then as you need service, the service records look to keep you further informed in regards to refrigerant charges and whatever else your system has needed previously in the way of repairs.

As of 2017, there is no such thing as a ‘better’ refrigerant all of them are expensive, and all of them require systems to be leak free. The old way of doing things was merely to recharge the system, but due to the continuing rising costs of refrigerants this option is not a viable long term solution. You must be looking at ways to find and fix those Freon leaks, regardless of what type of refrigerant your system uses.

Thank you for visiting with me today.

About the author of this blog:
My name is Ray Austin. I am the owner and operator of Austin Air Companie, a HVAC Service Company serving Katy, Texas | Cypress, Texas | Richmond, Texas and some surrounding areas. I am a Texas Licensed HVAC Contractor with over 22 years experience in Air Conditioning and Heating Systems. I hold an AOS degree in HVAC/R, EPA universally certified to handle any refrigerant and NATE certified in HVAC installations and repairs.

Austin Air Companie
“Your home comfort from A to Z”
Air Conditioning | Controls | Heating | Zoning

For more information you can always visit me on my main website @

Better Service. Done Right. On Time. Guaranteed.