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5 Signs Your AC has a Refrigerant Leak

5 Signs Your AC has a Refrigerant Leak

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R22 refrigerant leak repair from McCarthy's One Hour in Nebraska

Have you noticed that your AC isn’t cooling your home as it should? Are there unexplained puddles of waters around your AC unit? It might be a sign of a refrigerant leak. A properly running AC should never lose refrigerant, and there’s more to fixing the problem than just adding refrigerant. Here at McCarthy’s One Hour Heating & Air, we know the best ways to identify refrigerant leaks and how to best deal with them. If we need to replace the AC, we can also offer a variety of AC brands at affordable prices.


Here are five signs your AC is leaking refrigerant.


Loss of cooling power. When your AC is running, the refrigerant absorbs heat from your home and releases it outside. If there’s less of it in the AC, you’ll have a harder time reaching comfortable temperatures.

Registers not blowing cold air. One way to quickly see if your AC is leaking refrigerant is to check the registers (vents.) If the air isn’t as cool as it should be, it might be a sign of a leak.

Hissing or gurgling noises. A refrigerant leak is caused by holes and cracks in the coils that circulate the refrigerant. If you hear hissing noises from your AC, it could be a variety of problems, but a leak is one of them. If you hear a gurgling noise, that’s a sign of a bigger leak.

Frozen coils. If there’s not enough refrigerant in the evaporator coils, they won’t be able to adequately absorb heat. This can cause the condensation on them to freeze, which can sometimes melt and drip on the floor. An iced evaporator coil can lead to a breakdown, resulting in an expensive repair bill.

Higher electric bills. When your AC isn’t working at full capacity, you’ll be trying to make it run harder. This’ll cause your electric bills to rise.


What should I do next?


The above issues have a variety of causes, so you’ll need professional help to confirm a leak. Your best bet is to call in a reputable AC company, like McCarthy’s One Hour, to check your unit for refrigerant leaks. If there are just a few leaks, it won’t be too hard to get them fixed. However, if there are a lot or they’re serious, you might need a new coil. In some cases, you might have to decide to get a new unit altogether.


When making your decision, there’s an important question to ask and a deadline to consider. What refrigerant does your unit use? If it’s R22, keep in mind that the EPA has mandated that it no longer be used after 2020 due to its effect on the environment. If your unit uses R22, which is likely if it was made before 2010, you’ll have to consider if you want to deal with increased refrigerant prices or if you want to retrofit it to use a new refrigerant.


Why trust McCarthy’s One Hour with a refrigerant leak?


With almost 50 years of experience, McCarthy’s One Hour Heating & Air Conditioning considers customers to be priority one. Our highly knowledgeable technicians are well-versed in all sorts of heating and cooling technology and will go the extra mile for you. We offer 24-hour emergency service and an on-time guarantee “Always on time – or you don’t pay a dime.”® Call us today to learn more about how to keep your AC running in top condition!

By Brian Renadette

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