Occasionally, an AC unit will stop cooling air as effectively as it once did. While this can indicate several problems, one of them might be low on refrigerant or Freon. Having low refrigerant levels in your AC does not allow it to perform optimally and can cause other problems, too. If you notice any of the following indicators, contact a professional to inspect your unit’s refrigerant levels.
1. The House Cools Extremely Slowly
When there’s a lack of refrigerant, heat that’s ventilated through the system isn’t absorbed as efficiently. This simply makes it more difficult for the system to properly transfer higher quantities of cool air into a home.
2. Warm or Hot Air Flows Through AC Ventilation
While warm air can indicate a lack of refrigerant, it can signify other issues, too. The AC compressor could be broken, the unit itself could be very dirty or the thermostat could be running the fan without the AC unit.
3. Ice Begins to Build On The Refrigerant Line
As refrigerant starts to run low, the air pressure decreases until freezing begins to occur. Because of this, several integral pieces begin to freeze, such as the evaporator coil and compressor. This can lead to very costly repairs.
You can look for icy buildup inside the unit. If you notice a significant amount of ice, the unit most likely needs a refrigerant replacement.
Never Tackle Refrigerant Issues Without a Professional AC Technician
Refrigerant, especially Freon, is toxic. While many AC units do not use Freon, most forms of refrigerant can still cause respiratory problems and lead to other health issues. Stay safe and call an expert to help.
Contact Blair’s Air to Have Your AC’s Refrigerant Levels Checked
Blair’s Air Conditioning and Heating provides fast AC fixes to Clearwater, Fla. residents. Experienced technicians offer decades of insight and will quickly resolve your heating and cooling issues.