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Is My Air Conditioner Leaking Refrigerant?

An air conditioner that is leaking refrigerant should be addressed as soon as possible. But the underlying question here is, “How can I tell if it’s leaking?”

If your air conditioner is low on refrigerant, more than likely you have a leak on your hands. There are instances, however, where the installation could have been executed improperly. Your air conditioner isn’t like a car, where it burns Freon as it goes; the refrigerant operates in a closed, pressurized system.

If your AC is leaking refrigerant, give a licensed, trained technician a call as soon as possible so that the leak can be repaired and tested. Some HVAC companies may offer to top off your refrigerant levels. Though it may sound like a simple fix, adding refrigerant is not the solution. After the refrigerant repair has been made, the system will then be charged with the correct amount of refrigerant.

Your AC’s performance and efficiency is directly related to the amount of refrigerant in your system, so make sure that it matches the manufacturer’s specifications, and that it’s neither undercharged or overcharged.

How to Tell If You Have an Air Conditioner Leaking Refrigerant

The most common test that technicians perform to test for refrigerant leaks is a color dye test. A qualified HVAC technician will add colored dye to your refrigerant and then return a few days later to see if the color has appeared on the outside of your A/C unit.

Leaks can be caused by a variety of factors and show up in a variety of places. The complexity of the repair depends upon the location of your leak. After identifying the location of the leak, our expert technicians with work quickly and efficiently to repair the problem. If the leak is serious enough, you may want to consider a complete air conditioner replacement.

If your air conditioner is leaking refrigerant, give the experts at Cassel Home Comfort a call today. We’ll diagnose and repair the problem as quickly as possible so that comfort can be restored to your home. We can even add locks to prevent anyone from tampering with or removing the refrigerant from your system.

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