Out of the many things that can go wrong with your cooling system, an A/C refrigerant leak is one of the most common. It can be the source of a number of different problems, including insufficient cooling, a frozen evaporator coil, high energy bills and more. So let’s take a look at how an A/C refrigerant leak can occur and how Hyde’s fix the problem for you!

Why is an A/C refrigerant leak problematic?

Refrigerant plays an essential role in the cooling process. As it’s pumped between the indoor and outdoor components of your air conditioner, it absorbs heat from the air in your home and expels it to the air outside. If your air conditioner develops a refrigerant leak, it won’t have enough refrigerant to carry out this process effectively and your home won’t cool properly.

Contrary to what some homeowners might think, your air conditioner does not “consume” refrigerant. In fact, if your air conditioner is functioning properly, it should always have the same amount of refrigerant flowing through it.

How can an A/C refrigerant leak occur?

Unless the person who installed your air conditioner didn’t add enough refrigerant to begin with, the only reason your system would be short on refrigerant is if it developed a leak. There are a couple of different reasons why an A/C refrigerant leak might occur.

First, one of your coils or refrigerant lines can be punctured by another object coming into contact with it. In addition, your coils and refrigerant lines go through a number of different temperature and pressure conditions during the cooling process, which can cause them to develop cracks over time. In either case, refrigerant can leak out of those cracks and openings and inhibit your home’s cooling process.

How can Hyde’s fix your A/C refrigerant leak?

Hyde’s can use various different tools to measure your refrigerant levels, identify leaks and seal up and leaks that we find. After we have discovered and fixed all of your home’s refrigerant leaks, we’ll top off your system with the right amount of refrigerant so that it can go back to cooling your home in an efficient and effective manner.

If you have any questions about an A/C refrigerant leak, or if you’d like a cooling system serviced or installed in your home, contact Hyde’s, your Coachella Valley air conditioning company.