R.K. Payne, Inc., a leading provider of AC Service, Air Conditioning Installation, AC Repair, HVAC Installation & Air Conditioner Repair in Spotsylvania, VA, King George, VA, Fredericksburg, VA, Stafford, VA & Colonial Beach, VA, aims to debunk a common myth that can lead to inefficient and costly AC repairs.

The “Freon” Myth

Many homeowners and businesses believe that their air conditioning units need a “freon recharge” when they experience cooling issues. However, the truth is that the term “freon” is a brand name and is no longer used in modern air conditioning systems.

The Reality

  • Modern air conditioning systems use refrigerants like R-410A or R-22, not “freon.”
  • If your AC unit is low on refrigerant, it typically indicates a leak that needs to be repaired.
  • Simply “recharging” the system without addressing the underlying issue is a temporary fix and a waste of money.

The Proper Approach

At R.K. Payne, Inc., our certified technicians follow a systematic approach to AC repair:

  1. Conduct a thorough inspection to identify the root cause of the problem.
  2. Repair any leaks or other issues affecting the refrigerant levels.
  3. Evacuate the system and properly recharge it with the correct refrigerant.
  4. Ensure the system is operating efficiently and effectively.


By understanding the “freon” myth and working with experienced professionals like R.K. Payne, Inc., you can ensure your air conditioning system receives the proper care and maintenance it needs, saving you money and keeping your home or business comfortable all year round.