5 Signs Your AC is Leaking Refrigerant (And What To Do About It)

Worried that your AC unit is leaking refrigerant? Although there may be other problems with your commercial HVAC, refrigerant leaks are one of the most common issues that affect the effectiveness of AC units. But don't worry!

Below are the 5 signs of a refrigerant leak and what to do about it.

1. Your AC Is Taking Longer Than Usual to Cool Your Building Interiors

The work of refrigerant is to absorb the heat inside the building and take it outside. If you notice that it is taking longer for it to cool inside your building, the refrigerant level may be lower than required.

Take note of the temperature conditions in the rooms when you walk in and walk out.

2. Unexplained Increase in Electricity Bills

As a result of adjusting the thermostat to cool the building, energy consumption rises and this leads to high electricity bills. High electricity bills can lead to your business incurring losses or a reduction in profit. Avoid such unnecessary expenses by fixing such issues immediately.

You can also identify other ways you can cut electricity consumption within your business. It is advisable to keep records of your electricity bills from the previous year for comparison.

3. Hissing Sound Coming from Your AC System

The leading cause of a refrigerant leakage is cracks and holes that form around the coils that transport the refrigerant in the AC.

If there is a hissing sound in your AC, it means that there may be a hole or crack in the pipes. A bigger hole may produce a gurgling sound.

4. Hot Air Blowing from the Air Supply Vents

If the air supply from your ventilation system is not as cool as they are supposed to be, it could be a clear sign that the refrigerant is leaking.

Getting the issue checked as soon as possible will help you not only avoid losses but also avoid health issues with your staff and customers.

5. Frozen Evaporator Coils

Low levels of refrigerants that are in the AC often result in inadequate heat absorption which in turn leads to the condensed water in the coils to freeze.

You may notice a small puddle on the floor near your unit formed by melted ice. This should be immediately handled because you may be forced to pay more if the system breaks down from a damaged compressor.

Turn off your AC to let the ice melt before calling a professional.

What to Do When You Discover Signs of Refrigerant Leak

Simply taking note of some of these signs may not necessarily mean you have a refrigerant leak. However, they shouldn't be ignored. Ignoring any potential issues with your HVAC could lead to extensive damages that may cost you more.

Look for a qualified HVAC contractor that will help you identify the issue with your HVAC unit and give you the proper solution. Our well-trained HVAC specialists are always ready to help. Just get in touch with us.

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