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5 Signs Your Refrigerant is Leaking


Many people assume that air conditioners consume refrigerant like a car will consume gasoline. In fact, the opposite is true: the refrigerant circulates throughout your system and needs to be present in a very specific amount in order for it to do its job. Refrigerant isn’t supposed to leak, but we live in an imperfect world and sometimes it does. The sooner your can treat the issue the better — the longer it goes on, the more pronounced the effects become and the greater the chances of a more serious breakdown taking place. You can help your cause on this front by spotting the signs of trouble and contacting a trained technician to get it repaired and the refrigerant recharged as quickly as possible.  Here are 5 of them to watch for:

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  1. Frost on the Coils. The most obvious sign of a refirgerant leak is frost or ice forming on the coils, representing lost cooling potential and insulating the remaining refrigerant from the air it needs to cool. Never scraps off ths ice. It won’t solve the problem and you could damage the (very expensive) coils.
  2. Higher Monthly Bills. Low refirgerant levels mean that the system needs to work harder to cool your home, resulting in a spike in your monthly cooling bills.
  3. Lukewarm Air. Without as much refrigerant working for you, the air is apt to be warmer than you’d expect when it comes out of the vents in your home.
  4. Longer Running Time. Similarly, an air conditioner with leaking refrigerant is going to run for longer periods of time to cool your house down.
  5. Hissing or Bubbling Sounds. In some cases, if you shut your air conditioner off, you may be able to detect faint hissing or bubbling sounds as the refrigerant escapes through the leak.

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