One of the most common causes of refrigerant leaks in AC/R units is the presence of acids in the system. While technicians can patch holes, leaks are likely to reoccur unless the acid is removed from the system. How do these acids form? How can HVAC technicians safely and effectively remove these acids? In this week’s blog, we will explore the causes of acidic refrigerant and one method used to remove air conditioner acid.
Why Does Air Conditioner Acid Form?
There are a few reasons why acids form inside of AC/R units, but it all comes down to chemical reactions. When refrigerant is exposed to impurities or experiences high heat, chemical reactions occur that produce acidic compounds. These acids create small holes in AC/R components, providing an entrance for further impurities and contaminants to make their way into the system. Acid can form due to a burnt-out compressor motor, existing leaks in the system, or advanced age. Improper repairs and maintenance can also contribute. HVAC professionals must test for and remove air conditioner acid in order to stop further coil corrosion and make lasting repairs.
How Can HVAC Technicians Remove AC Acid?
The first step in treating systems with acidic refrigerant is testing to confirm the presence of acid. This should be a part of your maintenance routine, regardless of a unit’s refrigerant levels or other indicators of leaks. Testing for acid in a system can help you treat the underlying issue before formicary corrosion creates holes in the coils. Cool Air Products has developed Acid-Test, a small, portable kit that gives accurate results in seconds and is compatible with all lubricants. Once you have confirmed the presence of acid and made necessary repairs, you must neutralize the acid present within the system. Cool Air’s No-Acid is a strong, fast-acting acid neutralizer that can be injected directly into any system. Its concentrated formula requires a dose of only 0.2 oz per gallon of system, and it is compatible with all oils and refrigerants.
HVAC Repair Products That You Can Trust to Get the Job Done Right
Cool Air Products manufactures high-quality HVAC repair products that are designed with HVAC and AC/R professionals in mind. We work with wholesalers around the country to distribute quality repair materials that are 100% non-toxic, eco-friendly, and safe for the user.
Cool Air’s founders are professionals with over 50 years of experience in HVAC, plumbing, and wholesale distribution. We offer AC/R specialty chemicals, leak sealants, performance chemicals, heat absorption products, and more, all using the latest technology available on the market.