What It Is & When You Need It

We all know how high temperatures can soar in California, which is why the last thing you want is for your AC to cut out unexpectedly. It may not seem like a particularly grueling task to switch the system off and back on again or clean the filters, but what if none of it works? 

It could be that your system is in need of a recharge, meaning that it needs more refrigerant. However, it is recommended that you contact an expert when it is time to recharge your system, as refrigerant is toxic and can be harmful to your health! 

3 Signs You Need An AC Recharge

Your Vents Are Blowing Warm Air

The most common sign that your system needs a recharge is hot air from your vents. While this can also be caused by a thermostat malfunction, thermostat problems cause a rapid temperature change. If your system needs to be recharged due to leaking refrigerant, the temperature will rise over time as your system runs out of coolant. 

Your AC Unit Is Frozen

No matter how hot it gets outside, your unit can still freeze up! This happens when the coils that carry refrigerant crack, and the gas comes into contact with other parts of your unit that are not built to withstand its freezing temperatures. If you notice that your unit is covered in frost or completely frozen, it is likely that your unit has sustained a leak, expelling refrigerant in the process. 

Too Long Without Maintenance

Many people don’t know that the refrigerant in your air conditioner is actually meant to outlast the lifespan of the unit itself. So if your AC needs to be recharged, it means you have a leak. We recommend that you schedule semi-annual maintenance checks on your system to ensure it is functioning properly and catch any minor leaks before they can drain your refrigerant. 

If your unit has sustained a significant leak and is over 10 years old, it may be in your best interest to consider a replacement. However, if the leak is small and manageable, it may be more cost-effective to simply recharge your system. If you have any questions regarding your AC unit, give Hyde’s a call at (760) 360-2202 today!