Has your handyman told you to refill the refrigerant on your air conditioner because it’s getting low?
Have you been looking online for ways to seal your refrigerant leak by yourself?
Well, aren’t we glad you found us! First off, your AC does not consume refrigerant, so if your system is low- there must be a leak somewhere. Not only that, but refrigerant leaks are a critical concern and should in no way be fixed by untrained hands.
If your system is low on refrigerant, our technicians can perform a refill—called a recharge, but this is only a band-aid on a deteriorating problem that could spell costly repairs for your AC in your future.
So, let’s start at step one. How can you tell that your AC is leaking refrigerant?
“Hissing” and “Bubbling”
One of the classic ways to tell if your air conditioner is leaking refrigerant, is if you hear a “hissing” or “bubbling” noise coming from it. This noise is either the liquid or gas form of the refrigerant escaping the air conditioning system while it functions.
Blowing Out Hot Air
Does your AC blow out lukewarm or stifling air? If so, that could be a sign that your system is running low on refrigerant. Your air conditioner requires a minimum amount of refrigerant to compress it and transfer heat away from your house. If your HVAC system is having trouble moving heat at all, this could be from a lack of refrigerant- which signifies a leak somewhere.
Ice On the Coil
It should be pretty shocking to notice ice forming on your air conditioner. The leaking refrigerant could be contributing to this problem. Eventually, that trapped refrigerant will escape and the ice will melt, causing even more problems.
Do your electric bills get higher every year for no reason? An air conditioner is going to work harder to compensate for the lack of cooling produced without enough refrigerant. The system will then run more cycles, consume more energy, and spend more time running. This means you’ll be paying more money for no reason.
What’s the Worst That Can Happen?
An air conditioner leaking refrigerant is bad news. It will strain itself to cool your house, causing too much wear and tear on the components within. You’ll start seeing compounding problems, higher utility bills, more energy consumption, and worst of all, poor results.
Not only that, but refrigerant is especially harmful to the environment. Some refrigerants are extremely potent greenhouse gases that will contribute directly to global warming. If you keep recharging your AC with refrigerant, only to have it leak out- you’re wasting your money and harming the environment.
How Do I Fix This?
This isn’t like changing the filter or running diagnostics on your air conditioner. If your AC is making the aforementioned noises, not working properly, or has given you a clue that it’s low on refrigerant- call us today.