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AC Question from Palm Beach: How to Tell if Your Central AC Has a Refrigerant Leak

Refrigerant leaks in central AC systems happen when the seals, hoses or other components can no longer hold up to the pressures placed on them by the air conditioner as it runs.  Envirotech Air Quality Services has a team of AC specialists that work with air conditioning systems every day and can properly identify if your central AC has a refrigerant leak, but it is also important that you know the warning signs as well.

Warning Signs of a Central AC Refrigerant Leak

One of the most common symptoms of a central AC refrigerant leak is when cool air stops being produced.  This results in a warm building, even when the air conditioner has been running more than normal.  When the AC is low on refrigerant it cannot properly cool the coils which air moves over in order to become colder, thus producing either the same temperature of air or only a slightly cooler temperature of air that does not properly cool a space as it once did.

In some cases low refrigerant can cause coils to become overly cool and then frost over.  This happens when an AC system has been working extra hard to try and keep a building to the proper temperature and as such never shuts down, causing the coils to frost over, and causing an additional problem.

A refrigerant leak will also result in higher electricity bills.  This is because your AC will work harder at trying to cool the air when it can never quite reach the goal.  An overworked air conditioner will waste energy by running continually, and increasing those monthly energy bills.  With just a 10% refrigerant leak an AC will cause up to a 20% increase in your electric bills.

And of course, the best way to determine if you have a central air conditioning refrigerant leak is to have a professional Palm Beach AC technician perform a test on your refrigerant lines.  If a refrigerant leak is found, the root cause of the leak can be fixed, rather than just patching up the problem temporarily by adding more refrigerant.  If a leak is not fixed the leakage will continue to escalate until multiple portions of your AC system are affected, even causing failure of the air conditioner to occur.

Let the AC professionals at Envirotech Air Quality Services be your guide through the AC inspection process and determine whether your loss of cooling, frosted coils, or high energy bills are indications of a refrigerant leak.  Contact Envirotech and get the quality AC services that you need to ensure your air conditioning system once again functions well by properly cooling your indoor space even through the hottest days.

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