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Is Your AC Leaking Refrigerant?

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Whether you are curious about the signs of an AC unit leaking refrigerant, or you have a leak on your hands, you have come to the right place. At Air Comfort Solutions, we strive to provide you with the best AC repair solutions in Oklahoma City.

One of the most important AC repairs that you should know about is a refrigerant leak. If you haven’t heard of this issue before, let us give you some vital info so you know when to reach out to us for your next system repair.

What Is AC Refrigerant?

Air conditioners, refrigerators, and freezers all work in a similar way. At the crux of it all is a liquid or gaseous compound known as refrigerant. This refrigerant serves a vital role in the compressor, condenser, and evaporator to take heat away from the environment that it serves to cool. 

Appliances can use different refrigerants, and the type of compounds used has changed over the years. In the past, refrigerants had adverse effects on the environment, leading to the depletion of the ozone, and they also had dire health consequences. Advancements in refrigerant technology have made modern versions relatively non-toxic and non-flammable.

Signs of a Refrigerant Leak

Refrigerant leaks are easily identifiable and detecting them early on can help you save potential repair costs. Here are a few signs of a refrigerant leak to help you diagnose your AC unit:

  1. Weaker cooling for the home
  2. Extended wait times for proper cooling
  3. Warm air from your vents
  4. Hissing noises from the AC
  5. Short cycling

Is Refrigerant Dangerous?

While in the past, refrigerants used in air conditioners were highly toxic, most modern refrigerants do not pose a threat to human life. Some air conditioners still use toxic R-22 refrigerant, which can be fatal if inhaled or consumed. You should get a medical checkup done if you inhale or ingest refrigerants.

However, since ACs cannot indicate that there is a refrigerant leak, it is essential to check if it is working normally. A leak can lead to increased stress on your air conditioner’s compressor, which can cause it to wear out faster. The liquid from the refrigerant can also cause components of your air conditioner to corrode, which can lead to increased repair costs. 

What Should I Do?

If you suspect that you have a refrigerant leak, stop using the air conditioner and contact one of our skilled technicians to diagnose and fix the problem.

In Oklahoma City, we know how hot it can get, and we care about your comfort. Getting yearly inspections on your air conditioner can help diagnose problems early and prevent expensive components from being damaged.

Make the winning call and contact Air Comfort Solutions. We provide expert maintenance, repairs, and other AC services you can count on.

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