How to know when a refrigerant leak requires emergency service.
No one looks forward to needing emergency services on household appliances, but if you’re having issues with your HVAC unit, it might be a good idea. One of the more common issues is a refrigerant leak. If you have one, you should definitely call for service. But before you do, here are a few ways to tell if that’s what’s happening:
Air Conditioner Not Keeping up with Demand
Do you find that your house isn’t as cool as it should be? If you have your thermostat set but the room temperature is constantly higher, it could be that your refrigerant is leaking. A leak can start out small, so small you won’t even notice a difference in your cooling, but it can get bigger as time passes to the point that your A/C can no longer do its job.
Refrigerant Levels Are Low
For an air conditioner to work properly the refrigerant levels must remain full. It’s not like a tank of gas that you go through and refill. It must be full for proper cooling. If there’s any indication that the levels have dropped, you have a leak.
Ice on the Unit
Ice can form on the pipes and around the evaporator coil if there is a leak. There are other things that can cause this, such as issues with your air vents, but a refrigerant leak is a potential cause.
Sometimes it’s easy to tell if your air conditioner isn’t working properly; other times, it can be a gradual decline in cooling. It just doesn’t seem effective anymore. If you have a refrigerant leak, you will need an HVAC technician to come and repair it. This is not something you can or should do yourself.
For emergency services for a refrigerant leak, or any other air conditioning repair needs, 24/7, call Universal at 615-859-0985.