Air conditioners are pressurized, meaning they must be fully sealed at all times, or else the refrigerant will leak out. This problem is one of the worst things that your equipment can experience. Refrigerant is essential to the heat exchange process that lets your AC do its job. When your unit’s refrigerant is reduced, its service life can be shortened.
Here a trusted provider of HVAC and tankless water heater freeze protection services shares some signs your air conditioner needs more refrigerant.
Reduced Cooling Capacity
A loss of cooling capacity can indicate reduced refrigerant levels. Your AC needs the right amount of refrigerant to be able to blow cool air into your home. A sudden or noticeable change in your AC’s cooling capacity is a sign that the unit needs a recharge.
Inspect the areas around your AC for signs of greasy film. Also, try to look under the unit if there are no visible leaks around it. Schedule an AC repair with a professional as soon as you spot the source of the leak. If your refrigerant is leaking, it won’t matter how many times you recharge it. You can save time and money by having leaks addressed before recharging. At McLay Services, we’re here to help with all your air conditioning needs. We also specialize in outdoor tankless water heater freeze protection.
Even if there aren’t obvious leaks, it’s still possible that your AC is leaking somewhere. Go near the unit and listen for a faint hissing sound. If you can hear hissing or bubbling from the unit, this can be an indication that freon is leaking from some parts of the unit.
Avoid this problem by keeping your air conditioner in good shape. For HVAC installation, maintenance and repair needs, turn to McLay. We have some of the area’s best plumbers and HVAC contractors. Call us at (909) 392-2202 or fill out our contact form to get a free estimate. We serve clients in San Bernardino.