An air conditioner’s refrigerant lines are constantly under high pressure which contributes to degrading and eventually a leak. Leaks can occur without warning any time during the cooling season. As a homeowner you will want to stay on top of your HVAC maintenance to prevent leaks and other HVAC complications. Even though you may work hard to prevent leaks they still can occur. Hal Mechanical will share the common symptoms of a refrigerant leak to better help you know when to seek immediate HVAC assistance.
Signs of AC Refrigerant Leak
Refrigerant leaks don’t just leave the home hot and uncomfortable but they can contribute to worsen our environment and damage our ozone. Refrigerant can even be toxic if it is exposed to the inside of the home. The refrigerant does not cool the air but helps to prevent over heating of the various components of the cooling system. There are many reasons why you will want to quickly repair a refrigerant leak when they occur. Following are some of the common signs or symptoms of a refrigerant leak.
• Humid Indoor Air: An air conditioner helps to dehumidify the air inside the home. When there is a refrigerant leak the air conditioner cannot remove the humidity in the air. As a result the home will begin to feel muggy and damp. When the air is humid inside, this is a sign that there is a refrigerant leak.
• Warmer Temperatures: Without the proper amount of refrigerant the air conditioner cannot cool down the inside of a home. Within a short period of time the home will become increasingly warmer and uncomfortable. When that air conditioner appears to be running smoothly, yet is not cooling down the home, you defiantly have a refrigerant leak.
• Long & Frequent AC Cycles: When the refrigerant begins to leak out and there is not enough to cool down the air, the home will remain warmer. As a result the thermostat will continue to trigger another cooling cycle. When the refrigerant is low you will notice more frequent cooling cycles and they will tend to last a bit longer than normal.
• Increased Power Bill: As a result of longer and more frequent cooling cycles, your power bill will begin to increase. When you notice your power bill increasing there is a problem with your air conditioner unit. This can indicate a mechanical problem or you have a refrigerant leak.
• Ice On the Coils: Often when the home begins to feel warmer and warmer, the homeowner will investigate the problem. When you discover ice has built up on the coils this is either due to an air flow restriction or there is a refrigerant leak. You will want to check the coils to see if they are clean. You can also check the air filters. If there is no sign of an air flow restriction then you mostly like have a refrigerant leak.
• Bubbling or Hissing AC Noises: Sometimes you can hear the refrigerant leaking out. When you hear a bubbling or hissing sound coming from the outdoor unit you have a serious refrigerant leak.
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It is important to determine the signs of a refrigerant leak fast. The leak can then be repaired and the unit recharged if detected. If you have signs of a refrigerant leak and require timely repairs, contact Hal Mechanical today.