What Are the Signs of a Refrigerant Leak?

It is going to be a little while longer before homeowners in this area are running their whole-house cooling systems with any real regularity. Once the hottest time of the year is really upon us, though, it is important that you are able to use your air conditioner effectively and reliably. In order to guarantee that this is the case, you need to be able to spot the signs of problems so that you can schedule any necessary repairs as soon as possible. One common problem that homeowners may encounter with their ACs is a refrigerant leak. If you notice any of these warning signs, contact us to schedule AC repairs in Springfield, VT right away.

Insufficient Cooling

Does it seem like your air conditioner just isn’t cooling your home effectively? If you are certain that the thermostat is set right and is operating properly, this reduced cooling output could be the result of a refrigerant leak. Refrigerant acts as the heat transfer liquid in an air conditioning system, and all air conditioners are designed to function with a precise amount of refrigerant therein. If you do not have enough refrigerant in your system due to a leak, your air conditioner is going to struggle in its efforts to remove heat from the air in your home.


It may seem strange that an improperly operating AC would form ice, but this is a pretty sure sign that there is not enough refrigerant in your system. If you have ice developing on your evaporator coil or refrigerant lines themselves, it may be the result of failure to draw enough heat out of the air. The icing of the evaporator coil will only impede the process further, so this situation must be resolved ASAP.


When passing by your outdoor unit, can you hear a hissing sound? This could actually be caused by refrigerant leaking out of your refrigerant lines via very small pinhole leaks. Don’t ignore such problems just because your AC seems to be functioning properly.

Contact HB Energy Solutions to schedule outstanding air conditioning repairs. 


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