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Does My Air Conditioner Have A Refrigerant Leak?

Does My Air Conditioner Have A Refrigerant Leak?

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If you run your central air conditioner one day this summer and feel warm air blowing from your vents even though your thermostat is set for “cool” – or if you notice ice forming on your central air conditioner’s outdoor pipes – your air conditioner could be low on refrigerant.

As the outdoor portion of your cooling system experiences wear and tear from the elements, it can create leaks in the system that are often not visible to the naked eye. Over time, these leaks can deplete your cooling system of refrigerant, causing it to perform poorly – or not at all.

When to suspect a refrigerant leak

Your home cooling system uses refrigerant to transfer heat out of your home. When refrigerant levels are low, it often indicates a leak. During our annual cooling system tune-up and inspection, our technicians check for leaks and monitor refrigerant levels to be sure your system is performing at its best.

Freon (also called R22) – the refrigerant used in many central air conditioning systems – is being phased out and replaced with refrigerant that is less harmful to the ozone layer. With little left and none being produced, the price of Freon is rising, which will make recharging your system more expensive until the phase-out is complete – something to keep in mind when weighing the benefits of repairing or replacing your AC system.

If you find that your A/C system is not cooling your home the way it once was – or if you notice that your system needs to be recharged annually – it may be time to consider installing a new, high efficiency air conditioning system that uses a more economical and environmentally friendly refrigerant. Specials and rebates could save you hundreds of dollars on a new system, making the investment even more worthwhile – especially if your system is 10 years old or more.

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