One of the most important components in your air conditioning system is the refrigerant, a liquid or gaseous compound that absorbs heat from its environment. Often referred to as “Freon” (which is actually a brand name), AC refrigerant is vital in keeping your home cool, which is why you should be on the lookout for potential leaks. If your air conditioner isn’t performing like it used to, here are a few signs that you have a refrigerant leak on your hands.
Before you call for repairs, try and be as sure as possible that your problem is actually a refrigerant leak. Do what you can to rule out simpler fixes - after all, something as easy as replacing dirty air filters can have a noticeable impact on AC performance. You may also want to perform what’s known as a “bubble test.” Carefully place some soap solution on areas that you suspect may be leaking, and watch for bubbles caused by escaping refrigerant. This is a good DIY method of diagnosing an AC refrigerant problem, but bear in mind that it will be less effective with very small leaks and windy, outdoor areas.If you do call for professional AC repair, it might be tempting to just ask for a refrigerant refill. However, this simply amounts to cutting corners, and it won’t help in the long run. The new AC refrigerant will eventually leak out, leaving you right back where you started. Plus, if a leak goes unfixed for long enough, it may end up getting worse, resulting in even more costly repairs. Once you’ve correctly identified a refrigerant leak, your best bet is to call for professional repair before the issues escalate. At Stan’s AC, we’re experienced in dealing with leaks, and we take pride in our quick and effective service. Get in touch with us today and see what we can do for you!