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Symptoms of Air Conditioner Refrigerant Leak

Does My AC Have A Refrigerant Leak?

An air conditioner that is leaking refrigerant can cause major problems in keeping your home cool.

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Here are some popular signs that your air conditioner may be suffering from a refrigerant leak.

Be advised that if your unit is low on refrigerant, it means you have a leak in your system somewhere.

Refrigerant does not get used up like gas in a car.

Also, it’s important to know that R-22 is being phased out and replaced with R410a.

R-22 units cannot use R410a, so a new unit is required. As of the year 2020, R-22 will no longer be available for purchase.

Warm Air Coming From Air Vents

If you feel nothing but warm air coming from your air vents, it could be a sign that your air conditioner is low on or leaking refrigerant.

Be sure to check your furnace filter to verify it is clean first.

A dirty air filter can restrict air flow and prevent cool air from properly cooling your home. 

Water Leaking By Furnace

A water leak from your evaporator coil can be a signal of a possible refrigerant leak.

Half of your air conditioner (your evaporator coil) sits on top of your furnace.

This piece of equipment is cooled by refrigerant. As the warm air from your home flows over it, it is cooled down.

If your unit is low on refrigerant, a large amount of condensation can form on this coil and start a water leak.

Clogged condensate lines can also cause water leaks, so be sure these are clear for water to drain properly. 

Ice Build Up On AC Unit

A classic sign of low refrigerant or a dirty air filter is a noticeable amount of ice build up on your air conditioner.

If you notice ice on your unit, turn it off immediately and check your furnace filter.

If it is clean, leave the unit off and call a professional. Running an air conditioner with ice build up can damage or even destroy the compressor.

Need Some Help?

Do you think your air conditioner has a refrigerant leak? Give a us a call today at 614-475-1800 and we can come out and get you back up and running!