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Don’t Let a Refrigerant Leak Negatively Affect Your AC This Summer

You are no doubt looking forward to bidding these cooler temperatures farewell in favor of the warmer, sunnier summer weather. Well, it’s still fairly chilly out there most days at the moment, but the sweet relief of the summer season is indeed on its way. Make sure that you are able to get out and enjoy the summer heat without returning home to a residence that is nearly as uncomfortable as the outdoors. There are a lot of different problems that may develop with your home cooling system, and a refrigerant leak is among the most insidious of the lot! We’ve got a few tips to help you to recognize a potential refrigerant leak in your system.

Is Your Once-Mighty AC Struggling?

Did your air conditioner used to cool your home just fine, but you’ve found that its cooling power is seriously reduced? If so, you may have a refrigerant leak necessitating AC repairs in Des Moines, IA. Because refrigerant acts as the heat transfer fluid in your home cooling system, a refrigerant leak is going to impede its ability to absorb heat from the air in your home and to vent it outdoors.

Is There Ice on Your System?

Oh good, you may think, there’s ice on my AC system; it must be doing a really great job! In fact, ice on an air conditioner, generally on the indoor coil or refrigerant lines themselves, is a strong indicator that refrigerant levels are low. The system is not absorbing enough heat, due to the leak, and the ice is forming as a result.

Is Your AC Hissing at You?

If so, don’t take it personally. This surprising symptom is, again, indicative of a refrigerant leak. Very small holes may allow refrigerant to leak out of the system, and the hissing sound that you’re hearing could be the sound of this escape.

Schedule any necessary AC repairs with Schaal Heating and Cooling.


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