Do I Have a Refrigerant Leak?

Posted on: March 27, 2017 by in Blog
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man checking gauge on outside AC unit

During summertime in Tampa the weather is uncompromising.
With temperatures hovering around the 80s and 90s, it doesn’t come as a surprise that the pressure put on your AC unit to keep you cool could lead to unexpected and inconvenient system malfunctions . The best way to avoid this happening to you is to have an AC Maintenance Agreement in place with a trusted and qualified HVAC servicing company.
One of the problems that could occur with an AC unit is refrigerant leakage. Below you will find the signs that this could be a problem with your unit.

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Is your system under-performing?

If you’re finding that your once reliable AC unit is no longer effectively and efficiently cooling your house, you will need to ascertain the cause for this occurring. There could be many reasons, ie. a blocked air filter, broken thermostat, or leaking cooling agent (refrigerant).
There are clear signs to indicate if the issue is the last one stated. Refrigerant is a cooling agent that absorbs the warm air passing over the evaporator coils that it is held in, and if it is leaking, it won’t have the ability to cool your house properly.
If there is reduced refrigerant in your system the only reason is that it has leaked out.

Does it have ice on it?

Your AC must not freeze. Ice in or on your unit is an indication that there is a problem. Shut down your unit and call your technician right away. The longer you use it, the more you could be intensifying the problem.
There are many reasons why ice could be forming on the outside of your AC system: mechanical problems; restricted air flow, dirty evaporator coil; cold temperatures and lastly, leaking refrigerant.
Your specialized HVAC technician will inspect your AC unit and resolve the issue promptly.

Is It Hissing At You?

The sound of hissing out of your unit could also be an indication that refrigerant is leaking.
As suggested above, call your qualified repairman to rectify this issue.

 

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