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An AC unit in our office leaked freon. In order to repair the unit, the mechnaic had to weld the unit to avoid continuous leaks going forward. The employees in the office were concerned the freon leak could be harmful to the office air/environment. Is this something we should be concerned about or once cleaned up and repaired is there no longer an issue?

A: In terms of your immediate health, no. Freon is not dangerous other than that it can suffocate you like any other gas if it displaces the oxygen in the room. This would require a significant leak in a closed room with poor circulation. Since you're asking the question, I assume you survived... In terms of the environment, some freons destroy the ozone layer and most freons are VERY potent greenhouse gases. So yes, they can create environmental problems, but no, they are not dangerous in a sense of being toxic.

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