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What Are the Key Signs of AC Refrigerant Leaks in Your Minnesota Home?

Running a quick check-up of your air-cooling system can help avoid expensive repairs before Minnesota summer sets in. If you’ve observed that your AC performs less than satisfactorily, it is a refrigerant leak. 

Here are the tell-tale signs of a refrigerant leak in your cooling systems:

Diminished Cooling Capability

The refrigerant is the main component responsible for providing cool air. When you notice a notable change in the air temperature, it is a refrigerant leak, no matter what the setting is. A leak means that there is less refrigerant liquid to expel the heat and provide cooling. 

Lengthy Cooling Period

When you switch on your cooling system, you have an approximate idea of how long the room takes to cool. If you’ve set the temperature, but your air conditioner takes a considerable amount of time to get there, then it’s time to check the refrigerant.

Increased utility bills

If your utility bills are suddenly displaying higher numbers, then your air conditioner might be the culprit. A refrigerant leak can cause the AC to function improperly and ineffectively while consuming more power. A simple fix can get your utility bills back to normal.

Frozen evaporator coils

When sufficient refrigerant is not circulated, the coils’ ability to absorb heat is significantly reduced. A refrigerant leak causes the formation of frosty ice on the coils, destroying the compressor over time and calling for costly repairs. You can observe this occurrence in the outdoor cooling unit. 

Strange Noises

If your cooling system makes strange hissing noises even when turned off, then a refrigerant leak is the most common cause. Cracks in the coils can cause refrigerant fluid to leak and damage the AC. 

Low Airflow

If you’ve already recognized a decrease in the cooling, you might also notice that the airflow is not as powerful as before. A refrigerant leak can weaken the system and produce warm, inadequate air. 

If you’ve come across any of these signs, it’s time to contact us to diagnose the problem. The faster you repair your system, the less you’ll end up spending.