What is refrigerant?
Refrigerant (sometimes referred to as coolant or by the brand name Freon) is an integral part of what makes your air conditioner function properly. It’s a cooling and dehumidifying fluid that helps to create the cold air that cools your house. If your AC has a refrigerant leak and levels start to get low, you will quickly begin to notice problems with the comfort level in your home as well as the unit itself.
Signs your air conditioner is low on refrigerant
AC not functioning normally
Perhaps the first and most jarring sign that your AC is low on Freon is that your unit stops functioning as it normally would. If you start to notice your home is taking longer to cool or has stopped cooling all together, it could be a sign of a refrigerant leak.
Ice buildup on outdoor coils
When you see ice on your outdoor unit in the middle of summer, it could be a sign of low refrigerant. When coolant levels are low, there is a decrease in pressure that causes the evaporator to get too cold and eventually freeze.
Vents are blowing warm or lukewarm air when the AC is set to “cool”
Check your vents. Are they blowing cold air or warm air? If they are blowing warm or lukewarm air even when your thermostat is set to “cool,” you have a problem. No wonder your home is taking so long to cool!
Higher utility bills
While you may notice some other signs before this one, if you find that your energy bills are creeping higher and higher, it’s could be a sign that your AC unit is working harder than it needs to in order to cool your home. Make sure to keep an eye on your bills and compare them month-over-month and year-over-year to detect small problems before they become bigger.
What to do if your AC is low on refrigerant
In most cases, low levels of refrigerant are caused by small, and fixable, leaks. Unfortunately, refrigerant leaks are not DIY fixes. If you suspect that there’s an issue with your refrigerant, you’ll need to contact your local HVAC expert as soon as possible. The best way to test for low refrigerant levels is to attach gauges to the system, something that a professional can do quickly.
If you believe your refrigerant levels are low and you live in the Canton or Akron, Ohio areas, call Crown Group Ohio for a quick fix!