Is Your AC Unit Running Low on Refrigerant?

Refrigerant is essential to maintaining your air conditioning equipment’s best performance. When the refrigerant in your AC is low, the unit may continue to blow cool air, but what’s happening inside the equipment can cause a lot of damage. The culprit is usually a refrigerant leak, but a professional can determine if something more is going on.

Wenbrooke Services offers an extensive range of HVAC repair, replacement, and installation services, including the diagnosis and repair of refrigerant leaks. If you’re experiencing problems with the air conditioning unit in your Frederick, MD home, we’ll quickly figure out what is happening and get the AC back to peak performance in no time at all.

How Low Refrigerant Affects Your AC Unit

Refrigerant is a chemical blend that cycles through your home’s AC unit. As it releases and absorbs heat, it changes from a liquid to a gas and back again. During the process, known as “heat exchange,” the refrigerant removes heat from your home’s interior and transfers it to the outdoors. The refrigerant does not dissipate but stays at a set level known as its “charge.” Every AC unit has a set “charge level” to provide the right balance of heat exchange.

If your AC has a low refrigerant charge, it can cause serious problems with the unit’s operation, which eventually leads to a complete loss of cooling ability. The most common include frozen coils and compressor motor damage or breakage.

Signs Your AC Unit’s Refrigerant is Low

If your AC’s low on refrigerant, you might notice these signs:

  • It takes a long time for your home to cool.
  • Vents are not blowing cool air.
  • The thermostat temperature you set is never reached.
  • Your electric bill is higher than usual.
  • There’s ice on the copper tubing or the evaporator coil.
  • Water leaking around your heater or furnace.
  • A hissing or bubbling noise indicating a leak.

The skilled technicians at Wenbrooke Services can analyze your home’s air conditioning unit to check for leaks and make sure the refrigerant level is adequate.

Repairing Low Refrigerant Issues

Refrigerant is crucial to the most efficient operation of your AC, so it’s critical to have a refrigerant issue solved as quickly as possible. The problem could be a leak in the valve, the condensing or evaporator coils, or something else. A trained HVAC technician uses leak detection equipment to locate where the leak is, use sealant or other measures to fix the leak, and add back the right mix and amount of refrigerant to bring the charge back to its original level.

Why Choose Wenbrooke Services for AC Services

Don’t let low refrigerant ruin your AC equipment! Locating and fixing a refrigerant leak is something best left to a trained HVAC technician who can quickly return your Frederick, MD home’s air conditioner to its normal operation.

Wenbrooke Services offers air conditioning repair, installation, and maintenance services that are done right the first time. To learn more about all the HVAC services we offer, contact us online today or call us at (240) 685-1174.