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AC FAQ: Is It a Refrigerant Leak?

AC-technicianIf you do not understand what refrigerant is and what purpose it serves in your air conditioning system, then it will be impossible for you to understand just why a refrigerant leak in your air conditioning system is such a big deal. And trust us—it’s a big deal. In fact, a refrigerant leak could essentially destroy your air conditioning system entirely if you give it the chance. That is why there is no such thing as a “minor” refrigerant leak, and why any refrigerant leak is cause for immediate AC repair in Atlanta.

So today, we are going to examine the role that refrigerant plays in an air conditioner, and we will also talk about some of the warning signs that can tip you off about a leak. The sooner that you take action, the better, so it is imperative that you are able to recognize such signs. If you have any questions, be sure to give us a call for the answers that you need. Our AC professionals are not happy unless you are 100% satisfied with our service!

Refrigerant and Heat Transfer

Okay, so the first thing to understand is that the coolness coming from your AC ducts is not something that the AC creates. While a heater (with the exception of a heat pump) will generate new heat by combusting fuel or using electric resistance, an air conditioner removes heat from the air in the home. That is made possible through the evaporation of refrigerant.

Refrigerant evaporates in the aptly named evaporator coil, which is located in the indoor AC unit. That allows it to remove heat from the air in the house. The heat that the refrigerant absorbs has to go somewhere, of course. That is where the condenser coil in the outdoor unit comes into play. Here, the refrigerant is condensed and its heat is released. This process repeats over and over until desired temperatures are met in your home.

Signs of a Refrigerant Leak

If your air conditioner is low on refrigerant, you will likely notice a number of different problems developing. Just keep in mind that most problems may have more than one potential cause. That is why a prompt assessment by a trained professional is so important. Keep your eyes and other senses on the alert for the following problems, regardless.

  • Short cycling, as the system struggles to cool your home effectively and overheats.
  • Ice on the evaporator coil, likely indicated by an overflow of condensate.
  • Frost on the refrigerant lines themselves, especially when paired with a hissing sound in the vicinity of the system.
  • Decreased cooling output, with air that is warmer than it should be coming from your vents.
  • Increased cooling costs, as the system runs harder and harder in an effort to cool your home throughout.

Don’t just shrug off any of these problems—or any problems in general—with your AC. Get in touch with us right away. It is always going to be in your best interest.

Contact Premier Indoor Comfort Systems LLC 7 days a week for a personalized response for your needs. If we don’t have the answer, we will find it for you!

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