Causes of Refrigerant Leaks in Your Air Conditioning System

Refrigerant Leaks

Many homeowners are often misinformed or unaware of the importance and nature of refrigerant leaks in their air conditioning system. That is why it leads to wasting more money on numerous service calls to recharge a leaking system.

Signs of Refrigerant Leakage

One of the obvious signs of low refrigerant is a frozen coil. It is not always a result of low refrigerant, but ice buildup does mean your system is not working accurately. The problem will not be resolved if you let the lines thaw and restart the unit. Doing it could harm your system or lead to water leaking into your home.

Other signs that may indicate a refrigerant leak and need to be attended by a fully qualified HVAC technician:

  • The air conditioning unit blows warm air or takes too much time to cool your home.
  • Higher utility bills than usual.
  • Higher run-time than usual.
  • It produces a hissing noise coming from the system.

Most Common Causes of Refrigerant Leaks

  • Installed improperly
  • Vibrations
  • Weak copper lines and joints
  • Leaking charging port seals
  • Corrosion

We cannot emphasize enough the importance of installing the unit correctly by a fully qualified HVAC technician. If the refrigerant lines are incorrectly installed or not secured enough, the vibration caused by the refrigerant and your system’s components running will put a hole in the copper lines. Failure to have your unit professionally installed and well-maintained will lead to costly repairs in the long run and shorten their useful life.

Another most common cause of refrigerant leaks in the air conditioners is corrosion. The air inside your house contains pollutants released by some chemical products you use. And most of these pollutants are corrosive and continually pass through your central heating and air conditioning system as the air is recirculated. Having preventive maintenance service in the system’s coils can reduce the risk of corrosion from happening. 

When To Repair & When To Replace

The age, overall condition, and quality performance of your air conditioning system are the major factors in deciding whether to repair or replace your unit that is leaking refrigerant. It is essential to have a fully qualified HVAC technician by your side to inspect the faulty unit and ensure you do not spend so much money on expensive and inefficient air conditioning repairs. 

Anytime your air conditioner system shows symptoms of having a low refrigerant or is not operating as it should, it is vital to discontinue using the system and consult a fully qualified HVAC technician right away. Continuing to use a malfunctioning AC system may end up costing you thousands of dollars in the long run for what might be a minor repair. 

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