3 Common Signs of a Refrigerant Leak

Refrigerant is an important element in regulating your home’s temperature. It absorbs heat from the air inside your home and cools it outside before pushing it back indoors. Refrigerant leaks can cause major issues in the HVAC system of your Wilmington, North Carolina home. Therefore, it’s important for a professional to repair them right away. Here are three of the most common signs of a refrigeration leak:

Frozen Coils

Refrigerant uses evaporator coils to transfer heat through an HVAC system for cooling. If a refrigerant leak occurs, heat won’t travel properly through the coils. Condensation can form on the coils and cause them to freeze, creating ice crystals.

Frozen coils can lead to high levels of humidity in your home or poor airflow. Coils usually sit near the blower fan. If you’re uncomfortable checking them, it’s an easy job for a professional to complete. Don’t try to do this task yourself without proper training.

Increased Utilities

When your refrigerant leaks, your HVAC system has to work harder to properly control the temperature of your home. If the refrigerant level gets too low, you may see skyrocketing utility bills as your HVAC system consumes extra energy to make up for the lack of refrigerant.

General increases in electricity bills might not be related to a malfunction in your HVAC system. But if your bills shoot up unexpectedly, it may be time to contact a professional to get your system checked out.

Hot Air

Finally, if an HVAC unit produces warm air instead of the cool air it’s supposed to, the refrigerant level could be low as a result of a possible leak. If you don’t resolve the issue, you may not get any airflow as there’s no refrigerant to facilitate the cooling process. Without enough refrigerant, the incoming heat can’t properly cool. As a result, you’ll experience an uncomfortably hot home with warm air blowing from your vents.

Do you suspect your HVAC system is leaking refrigerant? Call the experts at Pleasant Air Inc. at 910-208-4518 to set up an appointment today!

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