Without refrigerant, your AC is nothing more than a machine that blows warm air. There are multiple issues that cause refrigerant leaks, but no matter what, it’s a problem that requires immediate attention. Leaking refrigerant is toxic, and an environmental hazard. Call Garneski Air Conditioning & Heating today if you notice your AC air isn’t as cold as it used to be, or if you see visible fluid leaking.
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What Causes AC Refrigerant Leaks?
A refrigerant leak is a serious problem that needs immediate attention. When your AC leaks freon or other refrigerants, it can’t cool the air. The most common cause of refrigerant leaks are holes in the tubing carrying the fluid. Experts say formic acid corrodes the metal tubing causing small holes to appear, which leads to fluid leaking. Also, tubing can become loose or damaged through vibration or heat that weakens joints.
Signs You Need AC Refrigerant Leak Repair
So, your AC isn’t running the way it used to and you don’t know what the problem could be. Refrigerant leaks are the number one issue most HVAC specialists encounter, so get to know these five signs your AC is leaking refrigerant.
- Loss of cold air
- No cold air coming out of registers
- Your indoor unit makes hissing sounds
- The evaporator coils are frozen
- You notice an increase in your electric bill
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Are Refrigerant Leaks Dangerous?
Depending on the refrigerant used in your system, a leak can be dangerous. Most AC units use R-22 (Freon) or R410, which is safer for the environment. Older chemicals such as Freon pose a threat to humans and pets, and it’s essential that you call in a professional as soon as you suspect you have a refrigerant leak. At Garneski Air Conditioning & Heating, we’ve been fixing refrigerant leaks for over 30 years. Call us today!