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Little Refrigerant Leak? BIG Problem!

ac-techniciansLeaks, in general, should be taken seriously. If the attitude that you adopt toward leaks is that there is no such thing as a “minor” leak, then you don’t wind up wasting money due to, say, a dripping faucet. It’s not a big leak, but those drips add up! In some cases, though, even “small” leaks can have much more immediate consequences. This is definitely the case with refrigerant leaks. If you have a refrigerant leak of any size, act fast!
Your air conditioner in Asheville, NC, uses refrigerant in order to cool your home. That refrigerant does not get used up like gas in a car. It exists in a closed system, cycling back and forth from the indoor to outdoor units, over and over. If that closed loop leaks, you’ll run into a lot of different problems. Let’s explore why refrigerant leaks are such a major concern, and how to spot the signs of such leaks in your system.B

How the Refrigerant Cycles Works

Your air conditioner has two coils. The condenser coil is the one in the outside unit, and the evaporator coil is indoors. In the evaporator unit, the refrigerant is evaporated. No big surprise there. As it evaporates, it draws heat out of the air. That is what allows your home to be cooled. The air passing through the coil releases its heat and is recirculated throughout the house.
The condenser unit is where the refrigerant is condensed. When it condenses, the refrigerant releases its heat outdoors. This cycle simply continues until desired temperatures are met in your home. It’s pretty simple in theory, but a minor leak will seriously disrupt the process.

Consequences of Low Refrigerant Levels

There are a lot of different ways in which refrigerant leaks will adversely affect your cooling experience. If there is not enough refrigerant in your air conditioning system, then:

Signs of Refrigerant Leaks

If there any good news regarding refrigerant leaks, and “good” is aB real stretch, it’s that there are a lot of warning signs that can alert you to the problem. Keep an eye out for:

If you notice any of these problems, remember that professional repairs are the only solution to a refrigerant leak. This is not a job that is DIY-appropriate!

Schedule your AC repairs withB Comfort Central, Inc.

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