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What to Do When There Is a Refrigerant Leak

There is more than one problem that your air conditioner can develop after a long summer filled with hard work. The last several months have been pretty rough for any air conditioner to handle. It makes sense that months of heavy use can take their toll and leave you with a system in need of AC repair in Fresno.

One of the most important repairs to address, especially if you own a heat pump, is a refrigerant leak. We’ll explain more about why this issue can develop and how to handle it here.

Why Refrigerant Leaks Happen

Wear and tear over time do take their toll on your system. One of the ways that regular use can impact your AC unit is by wearing down your refrigerant line. Over time, the line can end up developing a leak thanks to the vibrations of the system and, again, the wear and tear that just occur over time.

Refrigerant leaks happen. The bigger thing that you will want to address is finding and fixing them.

The Issue a Refrigerant Leak Creates

If you have a refrigerant leak in your system, the best course of action is going to be getting a technician to check your system out and fix that leak. This is because this leak can easily lead to big issues in your air conditioner such as:

  • Short cycling: A system that is losing refrigerant may end up short cycling because it can’t complete the cooling process
  • Ice build-up: Without enough refrigerant in the system, your AC won’t cool the air properly but can end up cooling the evaporator coil itself too much, leading to ice build-up.
  • Increased energy use: This problem can lead to your system trying to get the cooling process taken care of by using extra energy.

How to Handle a Refrigerant Leak

If you are picking up on the indicators that your air conditioner may have a refrigerant leak, we’d advise booking a visit from a trained technician as soon as you can. This person is going to be able to assess the situation to determine if your system does, in fact, have a refrigerant leak. From there, they can pinpoint where the leak is and apply a patch to the line to stop any more refrigerant loss from occurring. But a real professional won’t stop there.

After patching your refrigerant line, a technician can and should top off your refrigerant supply. They will need to make sure that the refrigerant supply has the same amount as before and is properly pressurized, allowing your system to provide the cool air that you need while using the right amount of energy.

Refrigerant leaks do happen, as we’ve said, but that doesn’t mean they should go unaddressed or be handled by anyone other than a professional. If you need help handling a potential refrigerant leak, reach out to our team for the help you need.

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