Few things are as aggravating on a hot summer day as an air conditioner that will not work properly. While there may be a number of reasons for this, one of the most common causes is low refrigerant. Not only can this problem lead to additional problems with your A/C unit, but you will pay more in electric bills until the issue is resolved. Fortunately, there are a few easy signs to help pinpoint the problem.
Lack of Cool Air
Check the air flowing from your vents. If your thermostat is set for a comfortable temperature but only warm or lukewarm air is flowing, you might have a refrigerant issue.
Longer to Cool Off
Even on the hottest of days, your A/C unit should begin to cool your home within a reasonable amount of time. If, however, you notice that your home is cooling more slowly or never reaching the set temperature, low refrigerant can be a factor. This should be checked promptly. Prolonged use without the adequate amount of refrigerant can cause major, and expensive, damage to your unit.
Ice on the Coils
Ice in and around the copper tubing and coils occurs when there is a lack of adequate refrigerant. As the ice melts, water will collect and often leak around the area. Depending on where your unit is located within your home, this can cause major water damage if left unchecked.
In some instances, units will hiss or gurgle as the refrigerant leaks through the system. Your A/C technician can thoroughly inspect your unit and advise on your best options. If your system is over 10 years old and there is a leak, you may need to consider replacing your older system with a more efficient, energy savings model.
It is important to have your air conditioning professionally serviced twice a year to aid in preventing issues with your unit. If you suspect that your A/C may be low on refrigerant, call a technician immediate to prevent further damage.
For more information about low refrigerant or to schedule a maintanence tune up, contact Jackson and Sons, servicing Eastern North Carolina.