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Why Is a Refrigerant Leak Such a Serious Concern?


With temperatures consistently climbing into the 80’s at this point, you’ve no doubt already put your air conditioning system back into action for the season. Just keep in mind that your system is just getting started, and that it’s got a long, arduous cooling season ahead of it. All of the wear and tear that it incurs can lead to some serious operational problems. One of the most problematic is the development of a refrigerant leak in your system. If you notice any sings of a refrigerant leak in your system—we’ll give you some examples of warning signs to look out for below—contact us to schedule immediate air conditioning repairs in Westchase, FL.

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What Exactly Does Refrigerant Do?

If you hope to fully understand just how vital it is that your system has the proper amount of refrigerant within, then you must first understand the vital role that refrigerant plays within your home cooling system. Refrigerant acts as a heat transfer fluid, which allows your air conditioning system to remove heat from the air in your home in the first place. If your system does not have enough refrigerant in it, your system will not be able to absorb enough heat from the air in your home in order to keep your living space cool and comfortable. Not only that, but the strain that this puts on the system can lead to further operational problems.

So How Do I Tell If I Have a Refrigerant Leak?

During routine air conditioning maintenance, your refrigerant levels will be checked. This is just one reason why routine maintenance is so important. Of course, if you spring a leak in the middle of summer, you don’t want to be using that system all summer long, and not find out about your leak until fall or spring maintenance. If your system is suddenly struggling to cool your entire home effectively, it may be due to a refrigerant leak. You may also find that there is ice on your system. This is not a sign of strong cooling output, but rather that insufficient refrigerant is absorbing too little heat, leading to the icing. You may even hear a hissing sound if refrigerant is escaping through a very small hole.

If you suspect a refrigerant leak for any reason, schedule AC repairs with IERNA’s Heating & Cooling right away.