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AC Unit Running Without Freon

What would happen to the outside unit of the AC if it was ran without freon for 4 days?

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There is nothing to worry about at this point, if the compressor was damaged it wouldn't start and if it is running, it should be fine. keep in mind that if the unit is running without freon, it was not doing any work either. The only real issue you should worry about is: where did the freon go? you obviously have a leak somewhere and as long as you do not repair it, you will continue to lose freon and efficiency. So for now, I suggest that you stop worrying and enjoy your A/C and consider finding a competent technician to repair the leak. .

good luck, Elie-tech

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