Air ConditioningSpotting a Refrigerant Leak in Your AC System

You are no doubt excited about the coming of the summer season. While we certainly don’t have the harshest of winter weather here in the Pacific Northwest, the rising temperature is always a respite after the colder time of the year has past. Before you get too excited thinking about the heat of summer, though, you must remember that this can prove to be just as uncomfortable as the cold if you do not have a good air conditioning system that is ready for action. Scheduling routine AC maintenance in Everett, WA will help to keep repair needs at bay, but you may still run into problems from time to time.

What Is a Refrigerant Leak?

A refrigerant leak is a leak in your AC system that allows its refrigerant to leak out. That may sound obvious, but less obvious is precisely why such a leak, even a very small one, can be of such concern. The refrigerant in your air conditioning system is responsible for facilitating the heat transfer process. You see, your air conditioner does not generate cold air. Instead, it removes heat from the air in your home, and it does this by using refrigerant to absorb that heat. Once it has, it makes its way outside, where the refrigerant is condensed and the heat is vented off.

Do I Have a Refrigerant Leak?

You do not have the tools or training required to measure your refrigerant levels on your own. However, there are a number of different warning signs that you may notice which will indicate that you have a refrigerant leak. If your system is suddenly struggling to cool your home effectively, it could be due to reduced refrigerant levels, which will impede the heat transfer process. You may also see ice on your system, which is another sign that a lack of refrigerant is preventing sufficient heat absorption. Finally, keep your ears open as well. If you can hear a hissing coming from your AC cabinet, it could be a pinhole leak allowing refrigerant to escape from the system.

When you need quality AC repairs, you need only call G & S Heating Cooling & Electric.

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