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5 Signs of an AC Refrigerant Leak

5 Signs of an AC Refrigerant Leak

  • Air Conditioning
  • Cooling
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Have you noticed that your AC isn’t cooling your home as it should? Are there unexplained puddles of waters around your AC unit? It might be a sign of a refrigerant leak. A properly running AC should never lose refrigerant, and there’s more to fixing the problem than just adding refrigerant. You’ll want King Air Conditioning & Heating to give you some advice on how to identify a potential leak. If you’re sure you’ve found a leak, call us as soon as you can so we can determine how to treat your AC.

Here are five signs your AC has a refrigerant leak:


Loss of cooling power. When your AC is running, the refrigerant absorbs heat from your home and releases it outside. If there’s less of it in the AC, you’ll have a harder time reaching comfortable temperatures.


Registers not blowing cold air. One way to quickly see if your AC is leaking refrigerant is to check the registers (vents.) If the air isn’t as cool as it should be, it might be a sign of a leak.


Hissing or gurgling noises. A refrigerant leak is caused by holes and cracks in the coils that circulate the refrigerant. If you hear hissing noises from your AC, it could be a variety of problems, but a leak is one of them. If you hear a gurgling noise, that’s a sign of a bigger leak.


Frozen coils. If there’s not enough refrigerant in the evaporator coils, they won’t be able to adequately absorb heat. This can cause the condensation on them to freeze, which can sometimes melt and drip on the floor. In addition, iced evaporator coil can lead to a breakdown, resulting in an expensive repair bill.


Higher electric bills. When your AC isn’t working at full capacity, you’ll be trying to make it run harder. This’ll cause your electric bills to rise.


What should I do next?


The signs above can be caused by a variety of issues. Your best bet is to call in a reputable AC company, like King Air Conditioning and Heating, to check your unit for refrigerant leaks. If there are just a few leaks, it’s not too hard to get them fixed. However, if there are a lot or they’re serious, you might need a new coil. In some cases, you might have to decide to get a new unit altogether.


When making your decision, there’s an important question to ask and a deadline to consider. What refrigerant does your unit use? If it’s R22, keep in mind that the EPA has mandated that it no longer be used after 2020 due to its effect on the environment. If your unit uses R22, which is likely if it was made before 2010, you’ll have to consider if you want to deal with increased refrigerant prices or if you want to retrofit it to use a new refrigerant.


Why trust King Air with my AC’s refrigerant?

King Air Conditioning & Heating has helped Texas homeowners with their ACs and heaters for 40 years. We’re so confident in our technicians’ capabilities, we offer a 100% satisfaction guarantee that ensures you never lose. If something goes wrong, we’ll gladly remove the faulty equipment, part, or material and give you a refund. Our commitment to quality has made us a member of the Better Business Bureau since 1995. If your AC is acting strange, call King Air for an inspection today!

By Brian Renadette

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