Refrigerant is considered the lifeblood of air conditioning systems, therefore you need to keep an eye on it in case of a refrigerant leak. In today’s post, air conditioning service company J&M shares the signs of a refrigerant leak and what you should do in case this occurs.
Signs of Leaking Refrigerant
Most of the air conditioning cycle happens at the outdoor unit, so this is where refrigerant leaks typically occur. The following are some of the signs of a refrigerant leak:
Leaking Fluid — At room temperature, refrigerant is in a liquid state. It leaves a grease-like film on surfaces, which is easily noticeable if it leaks on parts of your HVAC system.
Reduced Output — The less refrigerant your air conditioner has, the less cool air it can produce, which means it will take significantly longer for a whole-house air conditioner to meet a home’s cooling requirements. This means some of the rooms may feel warm even if you haven’t changed your air conditioner’s settings.
Faint Hissing or Bubbling Sounds — Refrigerant makes a faint hissing or bubbling sound as it leaks. This may not be noticeable on a busy day, but it can be on quiet nights.
The Effects of Refrigerant Leaks
If you notice any signs of leaking refrigerant, schedule an AC and heat pump inspection with an HVAC technician. In addition to repairs, the refrigerant needs to be recharged. Ignoring the signs of a leak can result in the following:
Increased Workload — Air conditioning systems require a specific level of refrigerant to meet your home’s cooling requirements. The less refrigerant it has, the higher the workload on your air conditioner will be. This can result in premature failure or even a shorter lifespan.
Higher Indoor Humidity — Cold air is a natural dehumidifier. Reduced air conditioner output can lead to higher indoor humidity levels.
Frozen Evaporator Coil — Low refrigerant levels can result in the evaporator coil not warming up as fast as it should. This can freeze the remaining refrigerant in the HVAC system and result in frozen evaporator coils, which will freeze the moisture in the air surrounding them. If there’s ice on the evaporator coil, don’t try to remove it.
Call J&M for Your Air Conditioning Needs
J&M is the HVAC contractor to turn to when you need a new window air conditioner rain or shine. Give us a call at (951) 663-4895. You can also fill out our contact form to schedule an appointment. We serve customers in Hemet, CA, and nearby areas.