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What a Refrigerant Leak Means for Your AC

Monday, July 29th, 2019

woman-with-fanIf you don’t know what refrigerant is or what function it serves in your home cooling system, then you may not understand just why the mere mention of a “refrigerant leak” strikes such fear into the hearts of homeowners everywhere. Make no mistake about it—a refrigerant leak can have serious implications for your comfort, your budget, and your air conditioning system itself. If you want to avoid major issues, then you need to have any refrigerant leaks addressed ASAP.

That is why, in today’s post, we’re taking a look at what refrigerant does, and how you can recognize a potential refrigerant leak in your home. It is important to note that a refrigerant leak shares some symptoms with other, less serious air conditioning problems. That is why professional air conditioning repair in Cary, NC, is so important. You not only want the problem solved—you want it diagnosed swiftly and accurately. You can count on that with our team.

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Does My Heat Pump Have a Refrigerant Leak?

Monday, February 12th, 2018

outdoor-unitHeat pumps are becoming more and more common in the residential sector. As homeowners look for more efficient and convenient ways in which to keep their homes comfortable throughout the year, the heat pump becomes undeniably attractive. This is thanks, in large part, to its use of the heat transfer process in heating one’s home. This process is thanks to the refrigerant cycle, which the heat pump is able to reverse in order to transfer heat into the home in the winter, and out during the summer.

For that reason, a refrigerant leak in your heat pump is of serious concern. The last thing that you want to do is to ignore the signs of a refrigerant leak, as doing so could lead to very serious problems developing with your heat pump. That means you need to learn how to spot signs of trouble with your heat pump to begin with. Today, we’ll be looking at some of those signs and helping you to better understand the function of the refrigerant in your heat pump. Contact our Cary, NC HVAC pros with any questions that you may have.

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Air Conditioning Repair FAQ: Do I Have a Refrigerant Leak?

Monday, April 29th, 2013

Your air conditioning system relies on the same type of cooling process as your refrigerator. It’s known as the refrigerant cycle, and it uses refrigerant to move thermal energy from one place to another. All air conditioning units work like this, from central air splits and ductless mini splits to heat pumps. The refrigerant flowing throughout the system of coils has to be of a certain level in order to work properly. That’s what’s known as its “charge.” Some of the most common AC problems are related to this level of refrigerant, particularly when there is a leak. For superior Raleigh, NC air conditioning repair services, call the experts at Raleigh Heating & Air today!

But, how do you know if you have a refrigerant leak? Here are some things to look out for:

  • Hissing sound: One of the sure signs that you have a refrigerant leak is when you can hear a hissing sound near the coils or one of the units. When it circulates throughout your system, the refrigerant changes from a liquid to a gas, and vice versa, so the leak is probably at a section where it is in gaseous form. Even a seemingly microscopic puncture can significantly reduce performance and cause problems in other areas of the system.
  • Inadequate cooling: If you notice a sudden or even gradual decline in your AC’s ability to cool your home, then you may have low refrigerant, perhaps caused by a leak somewhere. Due to the intricacy of the coil patterns, and the difficulty of diagnosing very small leaks, only a professional diagnosis can determine the true cause. Nevertheless, if you have inadequate cooling, you should make sure you get your AC checked out as soon as possible.
  • Frozen coil: While one of the major causes of a frozen evaporator coil is blocked airflow, it can also be caused by low refrigerant. If your system’s refrigerant cycle is not cooling properly, then it is also not dehumidifying the air, and this can lead to increased moisture vapor in the system.

These are just a few possibly symptoms that you might notice when you have low refrigerant caused by a leak. For more information about our Raleigh, NC air conditioning repair services, call the experts at Raleigh Heating & Air today! 

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