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A Refrigerant Leak? Now?

You might be thinking that it’s absurd to have a refrigerant leak in the spring and not the summer. You’ve barely even touched your air conditioning system this year, so what gives?

Well, unfortunately like most problems we encounter, we don’t necessarily get to choose when they happen. It’s possible that while your system sat dormant over the winter, a refrigerant leak sprang up due to some nasty critters, a flying pebble in the wind, or something else. Don’t worry, AC repair in Canal Flats, BC can be easy and affordable with the right team.

Today we’ll cover all the ins and outs of a refrigerant leak. We’ll show you how to detect one, what happens when they come up, and what you can do to mitigate the issue. Don’t ignore it or pretend your AC will work until the fall when you can get it repaired, this problem will likely get worse the longer it goes unchecked.

The Infamous Bubbling and Hissing

The first thing we need to focus on is detecting whether or not your AC is suffering from a refrigerant leak. After all, if it’s not, then you might be okay or our professionals should know at least that your system isn’t leaking refrigerant when they come to check it out.

One of the most infamous signs of a refrigerant leak is the “hissing and bubbling” sound of an air conditioner that’s struggling. The hissing is usually refrigerant gas escaping from the lines, and the bubbling is when oxygen has entered the liquid refrigerant line and is making air bubbles. Neither of these sounds are good and they almost always point us in the direction that a system is leaking refrigerant.

A few other signs of a refrigerant leak are as follows:

  • Poor cooling power coming from the vents.
  • Inefficient AC operation and high energy bills.
  • Frequent breakdowns and repairs.

All of these are problems that need to be fixed, but often times they’re caused by refrigerant that’s leaking from the system.

What to Do When a Refrigerant Leak Springs Up

First of all, don’t go near the leak. Homeowners can unsuspectingly inhale gaseous refrigerant which is both bad for them and the environment. It’s important to detect where the leak is and stay away from it until a professional can patch it.

That’s right, you should never try to patch a refrigerant leak on your own. The biggest reason for this is because a pro is probably going to have to recharge the system with the right amount of refrigerant so it can function properly. Then only a pro has the right tools and precautions to make sure the system is patched up accordingly. Don’t—under any circumstance—try to patch a refrigerant leak yourself.

What Can You Do?

Call for help! It’s absolutely important that you work with the right team that has your best interest at heart. Make sure you call a professional you can trust that will fix the problem and give you some long-term solutions going forward. Not every refrigerant leak is the same, and it’s up to you and a professional to work together to stop it from happening in the future.

Contact Shift Air Mechanical B.C. for your AC help. Shift Air tests, doesn’t guess.

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