As we get closer to needing less and less cooling, you may have started to notice some issues with your air conditioning system. We had a hot summer and continue to have a warm fall, making it necessary to keep the cooling going. With a long cooling season like ours, it isn’t unusual for your AC to develop problems. While you should leave the actual diagnosing and repairing to the trained experts from Downtown Air and Heat, it is good information to know if the problems you are experiencing may indicate a refrigerant leak in your system.
Here are some of the more common signs that can indicate your AC has developed a refrigerant leak:
- Icing on the indoor coils – the evaporator coils are the ones that absorb the warm air and give off cool air. In order for the cooling process to work correctly, your system needs an exact amount of refrigerant. A leak decreases the amount of refrigerant in the system, creating an imbalance in the heat release/cooling process. One result of this interruption can be the development of ice on your evaporator coils.
- Warm air blowing into your home – sometimes the cooling process is disrupted entirely by the refrigerant leak, resulting in a total lack of cool air from your system. The result is warm air blowing into your home instead of cool air.
- Air conditioner won’t turn on – many of today’s air conditioners are equipped with a safety switch that will keep your AC from turning on once a lower level of refrigerant has been detected.
It is never a good idea to keep operating an air conditioner that is low on refrigerant. Operating your AC in such a state puts your air conditioner under stress. If you are seeing the signs that your AC in Orlando may have a leak, call the air conditioning repair experts at Downtown Air and Heat right away.