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Signs Your A/C is Low on Refrigerant

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Signs Your A/C is Low on Refrigerant
Troubleshooting a low on refrigerant air conditioner can be a difficult and tricky job, especially when you’re not well-versed about it nor professionally trained. One uncertain move can either make or break your unit. Rather than making any guesses, let us help you spot the signs when your A/C is low on refrigerant.

Ice Buildup on Your Coils or Condenser

When your air conditioner is low on refrigerant, you will notice ice buildup on your coils or condenser. Once your system has frozen, you’ll start to experience discomforts such as poor airflow coming out from your unit, causing a longer time to cool your space or no cooling at all. You may also check your air filters to see if it’s clogged with dirt, dust, and other debris. Make sure to replace it every three months for better indoor air quality.

Unusual Noises Coming From Your Unit

Do you hear any unusual noises like hissing or bubbling coming from your air conditioner? It’s an obvious sign of leaks in your condenser or ductwork system. And these strange sounds indicate that your unit is running out or low on refrigerant. This problem should be addressed immediately by a certified technician to do a diagnostic check and provide a quick fix. However, there are instances where some leaks cannot be repaired due to corrosion on the coils, so a replacement is the best solution for you.

Longer Time to Cool Your Home

Your A/C unit is designed to give you comfort. If it’s not working as it should be, you know that something is off. And if it’s taking a long time to cool your home, it can be caused by a refrigerant leak. When your unit runs out of refrigerant, it takes the heat back and starts to blow warm air in your home. Other possible reasons are clogged air filters, electrical problems, or damaged components in your A/C.

Higher Utility Bills

If you notice a huge increase in your energy consumption, it’s a usual sign of a refrigerant issue. You’ll find your air conditioner works harder and runs longer to reach your home’s desired comfort level. As a result, it significantly affects your electric bills.

Don’t let your summer be bugged with refrigerant issues. Talk to us today at Kirk Air Conditioning & Heating, so we can make sure that your HVAC system is in tip-top condition.