Without the right amount of refrigerant, your AC can’t operate properly. Even though many people think that you can simply get your refrigerant recharged each year and be good to go, that isn’t quite how it works. Your refrigerant is located in a closed system inside your AC unit and shouldn’t ever require a charge unless there is a leak somewhere in your system. Hal Mechanical is here to talk about why refrigerant leaks happen and some of the signs that could indicate you have one.
How Do Refrigerant Leaks Happen?
While no one wants to think that their AC unit will spring a refrigerant leak, it is actually a common problem. The refrigerant in your unit is found in high pressure lines that can get weak over time. It is normal for leaks to occur toward the end of your AC unit’s life. It is important to note, that when you have a refrigerant leak in your unit, it doesn’t always mean that you have to replace your entire system. While many people choose to do this because leaks happen toward the end of their unit’s lifespan, some homeowners will opt to have the leak repaired when it is a viable option.
Air Conditioner Refrigerant Leak Symptoms
If you are struggling with a refrigerant leak, there are more than likely at least one of the following signs present in your home. Here are the most common signs of a refrigerant leak.
– Ice on Coils: The last thing you should see in the dead of summer is ice on the coils of your AC unit. When you have ice that has built up on your evaporator coils, there is a good chance that refrigerant is leaking somewhere.
– Indoor Discomfort: You shouldn’t feel warm air coming out of the vents in your home when you AC unit is turned on and working properly. When you don’t have enough refrigerant in your system, it won’t be able to pump out the cold air like it should and you will find yourself hotter than you should be.
– Strange Noise: Bubbling or hissing noises are often associated with a refrigerant leak in your unit as well. As gas escapes the lines it can cause a hissing noise, and as air makes contact with the refrigerant, it can start to bubble. Anytime you hear strange noises coming for your unit, you should call a professional.
– High Energy Bills: When your AC system isn’t able to get the temperature down in your home due to a refrigerant leak, it will be working overtime to constantly try and get there which leads to high energy bills.
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If you are struggling with any of the signs above, you need to call on the pros at Hal Mechanical to come and get to the bottom of it. We will diagnose your AC and help you find the best solution that fits into your budget. Call us today!