If your air conditioner is no longer cooling your home properly, it may need a recharge. Over time, your HVAC system can lose its coolant. A slow leak will eventually result in your HVAC system no longer working, even though it appears to be functioning in every other respect. A recharge will replace your AC’s coolant. If you’re wondering why it would need a recharge instead of an AC repair despite running on electricity, the problem is basically with the refrigerant. Without it, your unit won’t be able to produce enough cool air, as it’s designed to absorb heat too.
Besides the fact that your home isn’t as cool as you would like, there are other signs to look for to determine whether or not your air conditioning unit needs to be recharged. Here the go-to expert in air conditioning repair, Air Pro Inc., shares some signs that your air conditioner needs a recharge:
The air conditioner is blowing but not cooling. A major sign of a coolant leak is that your AC is blowing but the air is warm instead of cool. Without coolant, your AC will still function in every other respect. Air will be pushed out of the vents, but it won’t be cool air. You may have noticed that the air has slowly warmed up over time; this indicates a slow leak. If the air has suddenly warmed, then the coolant leak may be more significant.
The AC is making a hissing or bubbling sound. Coolant lines are under a lot of pressure. The coolant itself has to be pressurized to be effective. If the coolant has been leaking, the AC may make a hissing or bubbling sound. In fact, any sounds that you hear that your AC system doesn’t usually make are a bad sign.
The AC refrigerant line has ice on it. AC units can freeze over when something is wrong. If the refrigerant line has been damaged in any way, the refrigerant coolant will leak out. When coolant leaks out, it can freeze anything that it touches. This is what makes it a controlled substance, which means that it needs to be handled by professionals. Not only is coolant dangerous, it can also freeze and lock up the system.
The AC Is 10 to 20 years old. Older air conditioners tend to experience issues with leaks far more often. A 20-year-old system is very likely to have leaks. A 10-year-old system may have less chance of developing a leak, but it still has a greater chance of developing one than does a five-year-old system.
If your AC is brand new, the problem must be with the installation, or it may have been damaged during transit. If this is the case, you’ll usually be able to return it to the manufacturer and get an air conditioner replacement at their expense. You’ll still need a professional technician to diagnose the problem, however.
The AC doesn’t have any other visible issues. Finally, sometimes the diagnosis depends on a lack of other possibilities. If your air conditioner is clean and otherwise functioning but just isn’t producing cold air, you can almost always blame the refrigerant, but you can still inspect the rest of the air conditioner for any dirt and debris caught in it or for any visible leaks.
Before you decide whether or not your HVAC system needs to be recharged, you need a professional opinion. Recharging is a fast and easy solution to the problem, but for it to be effective, the leak has to be fixed first. Finding the leak and fixing it can be a somewhat involved process, and one which you want to take care of as soon as possible.
Air Pro Inc. has been in business since 1984, which gives us decades of experience under our belts to provide top-quality duct sealing, air conditioning and heating repair services. We’re also one of only three Carrier® factory-authorized dealers in Greater Albuquerque, meaning one of the most trusted brands in the HVAC industry has recognized our expertise in the field and our commitment to quality.
For honest, dependable AC services, look no further than Air Pro Inc. We’re committed to your satisfaction, so don’t hesitate to contact us for all your cooling needs. To learn more about what we can do for you and your home, just give us a call at (505) 614-8277 or fill out our online contact form.