Do you hear a hissing sound coming from your air conditioner? While you might try to chalk it up to just a “normal” AC sound, unfortunately, it could signal a problem. The sound could be the symptom of a refrigerant leak. If you suspect you have a leak, call Aloha Heating & Cooling for AC refrigerant leak and repair services in Auburn, CA. Since 1997 we’ve provided quality services and flat-rate pricing to our customers!
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Signs You Have a Refrigerant Leak
If you notice moisture coming from your air conditioning unit, you should call an AC contractor to inspect and diagnose the issue. Refrigerant can be dangerous to those who encounter it, and should only be inspected by professionals. Some signs that can indicate you have a leak can include:
- Your house is less cool. Your home isn’t reaching the desired temperature on your thermostat.
- Ice or frost on the evaporator coil: When the refrigerant level gets too low, the evaporator coil can no longer absorb heat to warm up the cold refrigerant. This can lead to moisture that can turn to ice or frost on the coil.
- Hissing sounds: Hissing sounds coming from the unit can signal a leak.
Why You Need a Professional to Repair Refrigerant Leaks
Refrigerant leaks can be common issues with your AC unit, but they are not DIY problems. These are issues that need to be repaired by a professional due to the potential danger of handling refrigerants. AC contactors can also provide the following services:
- Locate and repair the leak.
- Add high-quality refrigerant to properly fill the system. A professional will know what type to add for the best results.
- Ensure the right amount of refrigerant is added. Adding too much can damage the system and require a replacement.
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Causes of Refrigerant Leaks
If you have a refrigerant leak, your air conditioning system may not work as expected. To avoid having your home uncomfortably warm during the summer months, it’s important to have your unit inspected regularly by a professional so he or she can look for signs of a refrigerant leak. Some of the causes that can lead to a leak can include:
- Formation of formic acid from the copper lines.
- Vibrations that can cause lines to move, leading to potential leaks.
- Over time the wear and tear on your unit can cause the joints and connections to weaken.