Have you ever wondered why your AC is not working quite the way it used to? Does it seem like your air conditioner is taking a bit longer to cool down your home? Or does it feel like your AC is not cooling your home at all?
When this happens, it may be an indication that you have a refrigerant leak. When an AC system begins to leak refrigerant, it can end up costing you big if it is not repaired immediately. Here are 5 signs that your ac refrigerant may be leaking.
Ice Buildup on the Evaporator Coils
A clear-cut sign that your air conditioner has a refrigerant leak is when ice begins to form on the evaporator coils. When this happens, it means that you are losing cooling efficiency. We recommend that you DO NOT scrape off the ice as you could cause more harm to your AC system.
Higher Monthly Electric Bill
When your AC refrigerant is low, your AC needs to work harder to cool your home. As a result, your AC system must run for longer periods of time in order to cool down your home. This of course, results in more energy consumption, increasing your electric bill.Your House Is Not Getting Cool Enough
Your House Is Not Getting Cool Enough
If you happen to notice that your home does not feel as cool as it once did days or weeks earlier, despite lowering the temperature on your thermostat, this may be an indication that you have a refrigerant leak.
Cold Air Is Not Exiting from Your Vents
When you notice that the air exiting your vents is not cold, but lukewarm, this is likely an indication that you could have a refrigerant leak. Keep in mind that the refrigerant absorbs the warm air from within your home and transfers it outside.
Hissing Sounds from Your AC
Under certain circumstances, when you turn your air conditioner, if you hear a faint hissing sound coming from your AC unit, this might be a sign that refrigerant is leaking.