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Where Did Your Refrigerant Go?

Where Did Your Refrigerant Go?

The refrigerant that is in your air conditioner is like the lifeblood of your cooler. Without any refrigerant, your airconditioning system isn’t going to be able to do much more than blow air around the house.

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Unfortunately, there is more than one person out there that has the false belief that your refrigerant gets used up as you run the system. This couldn’t be further from the truth. The only reason that your refrigerant will start to disappear from your system is if you have a leak. And when you have a refrigerant leak it means that you need to contact IERNA’s Heating & Cooling for air conditioning repair, Tampa, FL.


What Causes a Refrigerant Leak?

There is more than one way that your air conditioner might develop a refrigerant leak. An older AC unit may wear down enough to start leaking refrigerant due to old parts. There is also a chance that extended use can knock parts loose and allow refrigerant to leak out of the system. And, of course, you may encounter a refrigerant leak due to damage caused by a natural disaster.

The Problems Caused By Low Refrigerant

So if you have a refrigerant leak you will eventually start to encounter problems as a result of low levels. Like we mentioned above, without a steady and reliable source of refrigerant you aren’t going to get any cool air. You may also encounter some of these other problems which can hurt your comfort and your system such as:

  • Short cycling: Short cycling refers to when your AC system isn’t able to finish its full cooling cycle. The average cooling cycle is going to last around 15 minutes. When you notice your system is only cooling your home for about 10minutes or less and isn’t making much of a difference in the indoor temperature, it is likely being caused by a refrigerant leak.
  • An iced-over evaporator coil: Low refrigerant is going to make it hard to effectively cool the air that is passing over the evaporator coil. This in turn can cause the coil to start to collect a layer of ice on the outside of it. Trust us, an icy evaporator coil is a very big problem.
  • High energy bills: Last but certainly not least, low refrigerant is going to harm your wallet. A low refrigerant level or no refrigerant at all makes it hard to cool your home. This will cause your AC to work harder and often longer before it makes any difference which will lead to higher energy bills.

Repairs You Can Rely On

Whether it is low refrigerant in your AC system or another problem, you need a reliable team to provide repairs that will get your system back into order. The professional technicians at IERNA’s Heating & Cooling can be the team that will do just that. We offer repairs that will ensure your AC lasts through the summer and maintenance services that keep those repairs few and far between. 

Have an AC that is struggling to cool things off? Contact IERNA’s Heating & Cooling to schedule an appointment.