Does My AC Have a Refrigerant Leak?

AC operation issues can stem from a variety of different problems within the unit. Refrigerant line leaks are a big one that you want to be aware of. You can keep reading to learn more about some signs that indicate the AC refrigerant lines are the cause of operational problems. 

When you think you have an air conditioner refrigerant leak, give our team a call to schedule AC repair in Portland. Our technicians can take a look at your system and determine whether or not refrigerant leaks behind the AC troubles. We can fix whatever the issue is so your AC is back on track to work at its best. 

Signs of Refrigerant Leaks

You can identify a refrigerant leak in three different ways. Any one of these problems can point to refrigerant issues but experiencing two or three of the signs makes it even more likely that your AC has a refrigerant leak. The system needs to be checked out as soon as you can arrange it. 

A lack of cool airflow is one sign to watch for. When you hold your hand up to the air vents, you will still feel air coming out, but the air will be lukewarm instead of specifically cool. Refrigerant leaks lower the refrigerant charge so that there isn’t enough refrigerant to absorb heat to cool down air for your home.

Aside from noticing changes in airflow temperature, you may smell the refrigerant leaking out. Refrigerant smells like a chemical and can also be a little bit sweet. It’s also possible that you hear the refrigerant leaking out by way of bubbling or hissing noises. They can be fairly quiet, so you may have to listen carefully. A leak hisses if the refrigerant is a gas where the leak happens or a bubbling noise if it is a liquid where the leak is happening.

Tips for Addressing Refrigerant Leaks

It’s tempting to search online for a DIY solution to clean up refrigerant on your own and try to repair the lines yourself—but we strongly advise against doing this. Working on refrigerant lines requires the proper HVAC certifications. 

If you attempt DIY repairs, you’re putting yourself and your home at risk since refrigerant is a dangerous chemical when it leaks out. Instead, call us to schedule a repair appointment so we can get the job done right the first time with safety as a top priority during the service.

Tips for Preventing Refrigerant Problems

The best way to prevent a refrigerant leak in the future is to schedule an annual professional maintenance appointment with our team. Regular maintenance offers us an opportunity to inspect the refrigerant lines and identify any problems early, before they get out of hand. As a homeowner, you can pay close attention to how your air conditioner operates so that you can identify problems early if something happens between maintenance appointments. 

Please call Sydni, our Office Extraordinaire, to schedule your next appointment! We will take care of you from there!

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