Keeping the house cool in summer is a priority for many homeowners. If the house isn’t getting as cool as it should be, there’s probably something wrong with the HVAC unit. Many people don’t know that refrigerant leaks are pretty common and are often the result of wear and tear. Here are a few signs that an AC refrigerant leak might be causing cooling problems in the home.
HIGHER ELECTRIC BILLS
When an AC unit is leaking coolant, it will need to work harder to keep the temperature down. This can, in turn, increase the amount of electricity consumed in the home. If the bill seems unusually high, compare it to the power bill from the previous year to see if there has been a big jump between the two.
The home’s air conditioning system uses refrigerant to remove heat from the air. A leaky unit will have to work harder to cool things down. It will also have to run longer to reach the desired temperature. If the house isn’t cooling as fast as it usually would, or it isn’t getting as cold as expected, there might be a refrigerant leak.
An air conditioning system should start dehumidifying the home in around 15 minutes. However, if the air feels sticky even with the HVAC running, the humidity could be caused by a refrigerant leak.
FROZEN EVAPORATOR COIL
Ice build-up on the evaporator coil shows that the HVAC system might be leaking. This coil typically has refrigerant running through it, absorbing heat. If the coolant levels are low, the coil won’t be able to absorb heat and will freeze over. The ice can cause the unit to break down, necessitating costly repairs. If a refrigerant leak is suspected, it’s essential to get a repair technician to look at it as soon as possible to prevent extensive damage.
NO COLD AIR
If there isn’t any cold air blowing through the air vents, it’s time to call a professional. This is a sign that something is going on with the AC unit. There are various reasons why this could happen, but it’s usually the result of a refrigerant leak.
The air conditioning system could be leaking because of a crack or hole in its coils. If it’s making a hissing sound, this could be an indicator that there is a coil leak. Once all the freon seeps out, the hissing noise will stop like a balloon with no more air.
TALK TO AN EXPERT
Having the HVAC unit break down in the summer can be frustrating. If there is a suspected problem with the appliance, contact a licensed technician to deal with the issue before it worsens.
Hacienda Air is a locally owned HVAC company offering air conditioning, heating, ductwork, air quality, and more to residential and commercial customers in North Las Vegas, Summerlin, and surrounding areas. Call us today at (702) 707-4953.