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5 Signs You Have a Refrigerant Leak

Nothing’s worse than a hot room when the air conditioner’s broken. The refrigerant in an AC unit is what cools the air, and when there is a refrigerant leak, your AC won’t function properly. But how can you tell if you’ve got a refrigerant leak?

Have you checked you refrigerant levels but your AC still won’t work properly? Contact the air conditioning specialists at Jack Lehr for AC servicing in the Lehigh Valley area!

Signs Your Air Conditioner’s Refrigerant Is Leaking

  1. Hissing sound in the air conditioner: If you’ve ever heard that hissing sound air makes when it escapes through a tiny hole, you need to go back and check again. You need to regularly check for such sounds in your air conditioner. It is a clear indication that there is some liquid or gas escaping, and this might be the cause for the malfunctioning of your air conditioner.
  2. Ice buildup on the copper lines of the coil: If it’s summer and there is some ice on the indoor coil, you’ll definitely suspect something is wrong with the refrigerant. Chances are that your air conditioner has some refrigerant leak. The leak cools down and freezes causing an accumulation of the ice along the copper lines. You need to detect such icings in advance in order to have it repaired immediately.
  3. Higher electrical bills: If you’ve not bought any other electrical equipment and your electric bills spiked unreasonably, the problem might be your air conditioner. When the refrigerant is leaking, the air conditioner tends to reduce its efficiency. This means that it requires more power to function normally. Consuming higher power translates to more electricity, which is reflected in your monthly bills. The fact that your air conditioner is still working does not make your air conditioner okay. You need to delve further and find out if it is the reason why your electric bills are escalating abnormally.
  4. Registers release low airflow: The registers of your air conditioner should always release a high airflow. If you feel low air flow, or even it feels warm, there must be a refrigerant leak.
  5. Your house takes a longer time than normal to cool off: If your house used to take 10 minutes to cool off and now it takes 15 or more minutes, this should ring a bell that something is not right with your air conditioner. If you can’t find the leak by yourself, call an expert to help you locate the problem with your air conditioner.

If you’ve noticed any of these signs, check your refrigerant levels, or call one of our expert technicians to come on out and give it a look. Leaking refrigerant can quickly lead to other problems, not to mention that it’s toxic if swallowed or inhaled.

Contact Jack Lehr for Air Conditioning Services in the Lehigh Valley Area

At Jack Lehr Heating, Cooling & Electric, we are ready to help you enjoy the services provided by your air conditioner. For more than 40 years, we have been providing HVAC services, and this gives us the confidence to guarantee 100% satisfaction from our services. If you’re in the Greater Lehigh Valley/Allentown, PA area, contact us today.

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