Does Your Air-Conditioner Have a Refrigerant Leak?
It is almost air-conditioning season, which means it’s a great time to assess the performance of your HVAC system. While checking your A/C may not be at the top of your To-Do list during the winter or spring, it’s a good idea to check it early, in order to avoid common problems, such as refrigerant leaks, before the heat of summer sets in.
Let’s begin with a quick refresher on refrigerant. Your air conditioner’s refrigerant is under high pressure at all times. This puts a constant strain on the refrigerant lines, causing them to degrade over time. Without proper maintenance, these lines could begin to leak. The leak would need immediate patching and your refrigerant would require a recharge. Even the smallest leak can cause major damage over time. Depending on the extent, recharging your system could lead to an expensive repair job.
This is another reason that we always recommend seasonal maintenance checks. With routine inspections and pressure tests, your technician can catch a small problem, like a refrigerant leak, before it becomes a costly repair or replacement. We also know that homeowners are smart, and if they know what to look for, they may be able to diagnose a refrigerant leak before their next tune-up.
Here are six common signs of air conditioning refrigerant leaks:
If your system can no longer keep up during the hottest parts of the day, a refrigerant leak may be to blame.
Air conditioners are the anti-humidifier. They remove warm air from indoor spaces. If there is a refrigerant leak, your air conditioner’s ability to dehumidify the air in your home will be compromised, which may leave you feeling uncomfortable.
Longer Cooling Cycles
Unless your thermostat is set to sixty degrees at all times, it should not take long for your A/C to cool your home. If the cooling cycle has become much longer than usual, it may be a sign of a refrigerant leak.
Higher Utility Bills
Have you checked your utility bill yet this month? If your system is suffering from inefficient cooling and longer cycles caused by low refrigerant, it will be reflected in a sky-high utility bill.
Icy Evaporator Coils
One of the easiest ways to know if you have a refrigerant leak is by checking your outdoor air conditioning unit. If you see any ice or ice crystals on the evaporator coil, especially during hot weather, it’s time to call for service.
Does your outdoor unit make noises, even when it’s not running? If you can hear sounds like bubbling or hissing, it could be a sign of a major refrigerant leak.
If you think you may have a refrigerant leak, or if you urgently need a leak repaired, we’ll be Gladd to help! Please give us a call at 866-830-5444 or contact us (link)!