A refrigerant plays an important role in the cooling process of an air conditioner, as its main job is to absorb the heat from inside your home.
But when your AC unit is leaking refrigerant, it will have difficulty keeping your house at a comfortable temperature.
On top of that, a refrigerant leak could harm your health.
Contact with the gas or liquid form of the leakage may cause health problems such as a headache, nausea, and vomiting.
Keep an eye out for the signs below if you suspect a leak in your air conditioning system.
A leak reduces the amount of refrigerant circulating in the evaporator coils. That lack of refrigerant may cause ice to build up on the coils.
Additionally, this could prevent your air conditioner from working completely, which translates to costly repairs or more run-times.
Poor Cooling Performance
Your AC unit may be suffering from a refrigerant leak if it’s taking a long time to cool your home. You’ll notice this problem during the warmer times of the day.
On top of that, your air conditioner may not be performing optimally if it’s blowing lukewarm air instead of cold air.
Humid Indoor Air
Besides affecting the cooling function of your AC unit, a leakage compromises the appliance’s dehumidifying ability.
Normally, the water vapor in the warm air condenses and trickles down the condensate pan when it hits the evaporator coils.
When a leak causes the coils to freeze, your AC unit will be unable to dehumidify your indoor space. And as a result, it could increase the level of humidity in your home.
The refrigerant that escapes from a deteriorating hose will drip down onto the ground and form a puddle.
If you spot pooling liquid around the base of your air conditioner’s outdoor compressor, chances are you have leakage on your hands.
Increased Utility Costs
An air conditioning system that is leaking refrigerant has to work twice as hard to produce the cool air necessary to maintain the indoor temperature of your home. It results in a rise in energy usage.
If you believe that your AC unit is the culprit, check your electricity bill.
Unless your area is suffering from a record-breaking heat wave or you’ve had a major rate increase, the usage amount of your bill for the current month should be similar to the same timeframe of the previous year.
Simply listening closely to your air conditioning system after you turn it on can help you identify a leak. A hissing or bubbling sound may point to a possible refrigerant problem.
Instead of fixing the leakage by yourself, it’s best to leave the work to the licensed air conditioning technicians of Cowboy Services AC & Heating.
We have the tools and expertise to repair your AC unit in one visit. When our technicians go to work, they perform a series of inspections to check the parts and make sure that no important detail goes unnoticed.
This gives them the opportunity to take care of minor AC problems before they turn into a huge headache for you.
Get in touch with us today to schedule a repair service.