Signs Your AC Has A Refrigerant Leak

signs of an ac refrigerant leak

One of the most common issues that develop with air conditioning systems is refrigerant leaks. A system that is leaking refrigerant can cause all sorts of performance and efficiency problems. In order to minimize the damage that refrigerant leaks can cause, it is important to know what signs to look out for.

An important thing for you to understand about refrigerant is that under normal circumstance, your system should not lose it. Your air conditioner does not use up refrigerant like a car uses up gas. It circulates and maintains the same amount of refrigerant when it is working properly.

Signs Your AC Has A Refrigerant Leak

Loss of Cooling Power. Your home isn’t cooling down as quickly as it used to.

Hissing Sounds. Refrigerant leaks are caused by holes or cracks in the coils. As refrigerant leaks out of those holes it creates a hissing sound in your home or outside near the condenser unit.

Coils are Frozen. If the refrigerant levels circulating through the evaporator coils is insufficient, the coils will not properly absorb heat. This will create condensation on the coils causing them to freeze.

Higher utility bills. Refrigerant leaks reduce efficiency and impact your comfort. If you don’t notice the signs above, you’ll definitely see the effects on your next utility bill.

When you have regular preventative maintenance checkups on your system, we are able to catch refrigerant leaks at the earliest stages. At this point, they are usually the easiest and least expensive to repair.

Some refrigerant leaks are due to environmental damage or just overdue maintenance. We have even seen well-maintained systems spring leaks. Depending on the age of your system, it may make sense to patch and recharge the unit. It also may be a sign that it is time to consider replacing your system.

If you think you may have a refrigerant leak, contact Burkholder’s HVAC right away! We will thoroughly inspect your refrigerant lines for leaks and repair them, so your system is back up and running to its peak efficiency!