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Do You Have a Refrigerant Leak?

The refrigerant that is cycled through your central air conditioner or your heat pump is vital to your comfort during summer. Without any refrigerant in your system, you are going to be running the equivalent of an overpriced fan. So when you are low on refrigerant, you know it is going to be a problem.

Now let’s be clear, you don’t “use up” your refrigerant. The only reason that your air conditioner is going to start running low on refrigerant is that it has a leak. If you are having problems with the refrigerant in your AC unit, it means you should reach out to us for AC repair in Hattiesburg, MS.

The Problem With Low Refrigerant

So what is so bad about low refrigerant levels? Can’t your air conditioner still cool things off? Sadly, low refrigerant is going to seriously hinder the cooling process for your home. When your system starts to lose refrigerant, it will start to run longer and cost more to cool things down. As the levels get even lower though your AC will end up losing the ability to cool your home at all. This will also lead to additional problems such as short cycling and an iced-over evaporator coil. At the end of the day, a refrigerant leak needs to be addressed as soon as possible.

Causes and Warning Signs of a Refrigerant Leak

You may be wondering what exactly creates a refrigerant leak in your air conditioning system. The truth is that regular long-term wear and tear is likely to create this issue. For example, over time, regular use of your air conditioner can cause valves to weaken and begin to leak. There is also the risk that the refrigerant line in your system can develop a pinhole leak. Lastly, if your AC unit is poorly installed, it strongly increases the risk of a leak developing in your system.

Whatever the cause of the leak, you will want to be on the alert for the following warning signs that indicate you have a refrigerant leak:

  • Low cooling output from your system
  • Increasingly high energy bills
  • Constant short cycling
  • Evaporator coil develops a layer of ice

We Fix Leaks and Recharge Your Refrigerant Levels

So, we know why a refrigerant leak is a problem for your air conditioner and your home comfort. And we know what the warning signs are that your system may have developed this repair need. The last question to answer is how to get this problem fixed.

The short answer to that question is that you should reach out to a team of professional technicians such as the ones on our team. When you work with the technicians at AirSouth Cooling and Heating you can rest assured that we will get your air conditioner repaired properly and top off your refrigerant levels (known as a recharge) if it is needed. You can rely on us to get the job done.

Click or call AirSouth Cooling and Heating to schedule your repair service with us.

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