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Does Your A/C Have a Refrigerant Leak?

Frost on A/C line

Posted: July 23, 2018

Have you noticed frost or ice forming on your outside central air conditioner lines? Do you feel warm air blowing from your vents when your air conditioning system is operating? These are the classic signs that your AC unit may be low on refrigerant. In other words, it’s slowly leaking out of your system. And that’s an expensive problem if you have an older system.

Refrigerant is what your system uses to transfer heat from inside to outside your home. R22, the main refrigerant used in older AC systems, is being phased out and replaced with refrigerant that is not harmful to the ozone layer. Because of this, the price of R22 is continuing to rise. Adding R22 to your system has become an expensive solution.

Why refrigerant leaks

The outdoor portion of your system experiences wear and tear from the elements, which eventually results in a leak. Often, refrigerant leaks are not easy to detect (as you would be able to do with a water leak). When we do our annual tune-up and inspection, our cooling technician will always check the level of refrigerant to be sure your system will perform properly throughout the summer.

If you find that your system is not cooling your home the way it once was or if your system needs to be recharged with refrigerant too often, it’s time to consider a new, high efficiency A/C system that uses a more economical and environmentally friendly refrigerant—not expensive R22.

Contact us today. We can help you determine what’s best for your home and your budget.