It’s a situation most of us can relate to -- you look at your thermostat and see it’s 5 degrees above what it should be. Then you hear the all-too-familiar hissing coming from the AC system. A refrigerant leak. While you might know all of the signs of a leak, it’s important to have the issue inspected by professionals, as refrigerant can be dangerous. When you have a leak that needs to be repaired, Air Now is the team to trust. Since 1946 we’ve been servicing HVAC systems in the Sarasota, FL area.
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Signs You Have a Refrigerant Leak
Refrigerant leaks can be dangerous to those who encounter them, and should only be inspected and repaired by professionals. If you notice any of the below issues you should call for professional services immediately:
- House is less cool: If you notice your home isn’t as cool as it should be, it can signal a refrigerant leak. As the levels drop, the system has to work harder to cool your home or building.
- Ice or frost on evaporator coil: When the refrigerant level gets too low, the evaporator coil can no longer absorb heat to warm up the cold refrigerant. This can lead to moisture that can turn to ice or frost on the coil.
- Hissing sounds: If you notice hissing sounds coming from the AC unit it can signal a leak.
Why Hire a Professional for Refrigerant Leaks?
While refrigerant leaks can be common air conditioner issues, they can also be dangerous. Professionals need to handle these repairs due to the potential danger. They can also provide the following services:
- Locate and repair the leak. Simply adding more refrigerant will not fix the leak.
- Add high quality refrigerant to properly fill the system.
- Ensure the right amount of refrigerant is added, as too much can damage the AC unit and require a replacement.
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Causes of Refrigerant Leaks
It’s important to have refrigerant leaks repaired as soon as possible. Having your AC unit cleaned and maintained regularly can help diagnose issues. Another way to find a leak sooner is to be more aware of what causes them. Some potential causes can be:
- Formation of formic acid that can come from the copper lines.
- Vibrations that can cause lines to move, leading to potential leaks.
- Aging, as over time the joints and connections can weaken.