Is Your AC Leaking Refrigerant?

Is your Frederick, MD home not cooling off as it should? Does the air coming out of the vent feel less cool than usual? Or maybe you’ve noticed ice forming on your AC unit’s evaporator coils or heard a hissing sound. All of these are telltale signs of a refrigerant leak that can reduce your equipment’s performance and cause serious damage.

Wenbrooke Services offers a full range of air conditioning repair, replacement, maintenance, and installation services, including repairing refrigerant leaks. If your home’s AC unit is experiencing problems related to a refrigerant leak, we’ll quickly figure out the source of the leak and return your AC unit to peak performance.

Why is Refrigerant Leaking From Your AC Unit?

Higher utility bills can stem from a refrigerant leak, so it’s worth figuring out if your system has a leak, where it’s located, and what it’ll take to fix it.

  • If you experience a loss of cooling power or if the registers aren’t blowing cold air, turning down the thermostat temperature won’t get the unit to perform any better. It’s the refrigerant’s job to absorb heat from your home. If it’s leaking, there isn’t enough in the unit to do the job properly.
  • If you experience hissing sounds, they are caused by cracks or holes in the refrigerant circulating coils. Large leaks might produce a gurgling sound.
  • If you experience frozen condensation on evaporator coils, the refrigerant level circulating through the evaporator coils is too low, and the coil swill won’t absorb heat adequately. If the condensate begins to melt, it will cause puddles on the floor. Prompt repair is necessary if you want to avoid a compressor replacement.

Wenbrooke Services’ skilled technicians can analyze your home’s AC unit to check for leaks and ensure the refrigerant level is adequate.

Repairing Leaking Refrigerant Issues

Unlike a vehicle that requires refueling, getting a refill is not the solution to leaking AC refrigerant. While it may be less expensive to simply add refrigerant to the unit, this is a short-term fix that can cost you in the long run because the refrigerant will only begin to leak out again. You’ll also most likely face an expensive repair down the road as a result.

Some DIYers try using a sealant as a stopgap measure, but this is another temporary solution that could result in more harm than good.

Why Choose Wenbrooke Services to Repair Refrigerant Leaks

Of course, a lack of cool air blowing from your vents could be caused by something as simple as a clogged filter. Refrigerant leaks are a fairly common cause that, fortunately, are usually easy to solve. Preventive maintenance can also go a long way in preventing costly problems caused by refrigerant leaks.

If you suspect a refrigerant leak is the culprit behind your AC’s poor performance, a call to a professional HVAC service provider can tell you if it’s a simple repair or if it’s time to replace your air conditioning unit.

Our technicians can locate and fix a refrigerant leak and quickly return your Frederick, MD home’s AC unit back to optimal operation. To learn more about all the HVAC services we offer, contact Wenbrooke Services online today or call us at (240) 685-1174.