Air conditioners require the right amount of refrigerant in order to function properly. It is just that simple. A low refrigerant charge is a relatively common problem with air conditioners. It is also one of the most serious problems that homeowners may encounter with their home cooling systems. Why? Because in addition to impeding the system’s operation, refrigerant leaks put the AC at serious risk of damage. It may even spell the end for the system if left unresolved.
Today we are talking all about the role refrigerant plays in your air conditioning system, why that role is so important, and how it is that you may notice a potential refrigerant leak with your system. Once you do notice any of the discussed symptoms, you absolutely must schedule professional air conditioning repair in Canton, GA as soon as possible. Your comfort and the future of your air conditioning system itself may depend on it.
How Refrigerant Works in Your Air Conditioner
The refrigerant in your air conditioner does not fuel the air conditioner the way that gasoline fuels a car. Your AC uses electricity as its power source. It is also not consumed by your AC the way that a car consumes gasoline. It’s more like the oil in the car in this regard: recycled over and over throughout the system (though without the need for regular changes).
The refrigerant is a heat transfer fluid that courses through the system in a closed loop. It evaporates in the indoor evaporator coil, allowing it to remove heat from the air. Then it goes out to the condenser coil, where it releases its heat. That cycle repeats until desired temperatures in your home are met, provided everything goes right. If there’s not a sufficient refrigerant charge, however, that won’t be the case.
Signs of a Low Refrigerant Charge
Notice that we did not say “leak” specifically right there. This is because, while leaks are the most common culprit, the low charge could also be due to an improper initial charge. Not when we install and charge your new system, of course, but when lesser contractors do the job without the same level of integrity that we bring.
It could also be a leak, but ultimately it does not really matter so much what the precise cause of the low charge is. What matters is spotting it and having it resolved ASAP. You may notice that your system is short-cycling because it is overheating as it struggles to effectively remove enough heat from the air. You may notice ice on the coil or on the refrigerant lines themselves (or what seems to be a water leak as the ice melts). Your system will also leave your home less comfortable than normal. In the case of a leak, you may even hear the pressurized gas escaping, depending upon the location of the leak.
Don’t keep any concerns to yourself. Contact a member of our team, and your system will be back on track and keeping you cool and comfortable once again in no time.
Schedule your AC repairs with Moody Heating and Air Conditioning.