Air conditioners rely on several key components to work effectively.
One part that air conditioner workers are always keeping an eye on is the freon.
An air conditioner without enough freon won’t cool your home in the heat of summer. While it’s not common for freon levels to drop, it’s also not impossible. The primary cause of low freon levels is leaks. Freon leaks do happen and should never be treated lightly. There are certain signs that you can notice on your air conditioner to signal a freon leak. One of the main signs is a hissing sound from the system. Always act fast if you ever hear this sound as freon can be quite dangerous and toxic. Another sign that indicates a freon leak is ice on the evaporator coils. A HVAC expert will notice there’s freon leak on your unit if they come across frozen evaporator coils. Also, always watch out for when your air conditioner drops in performance. Even when you adjust the temperatures, it still doesn’t cool your home like it used to do. Lastly, an increase in energy costs is another sign that something is wrong with the air conditioner. Always have an HVAC expert investigate the freon leak and fix it. Not only is it safer, but it lessens the chances of further damage to the cooling unit. At times, the freon lines can have cracks on them causing the leak. In such instances, you can hear a distinct hissing sound from the air conditioner. Make sure you turn off the unit and open the windows to bring in fresh air into your home if that happens.