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What Should you do if your Refrigerant Level is Low in your HVAC Unit?

Refrigerant Level is Low in your HVAC Unit

AC refrigerant can be considered the invisible force behind your working air conditioner.

Have you ever hopped in your car on a hot summer day, cranked up the AC, and still find yourself sweating because there is no cool air coming out? When this happens, it usually means the refrigerant is low or empty. Most people don’t realize this, but the same thing can happen to your home’s air conditioner. Having low refrigerant is a common AC problem you could face, especially towards the end of the summer season, after your air conditioner has been in full gear for months. What should you do if you suspect your refrigerant level is low in your HVAC unit? Let’s review.

What Exactly is Refrigerant in my AC?

Refrigerant is a compound typically found in either a fluid or gaseous state. It absorbs heat from the environment and can provide refrigeration or air conditioning when combined with other components such as compressors and evaporators. A refrigerant is a working fluid used in the refrigeration cycle of air conditioning systems and heat pumps where in most cases they undergo a repeated phase transition from a liquid to a gas and back again.

Unless you have had a problem with your AC refrigerant before, you likely didn’t have any idea that it was actually part of your AC system. AC refrigerant can be considered the invisible force behind your working air conditioner.

We won’t get too far into the details about how AC refrigerants work, we just wanted you to have a general understanding.

What Causes Low AC Refrigerant Levels?

If your refrigerant level is low in your HVAC unit, the main cause is usually a leak somewhere within the system. It’s typically rather easy to spot when you have liquid somewhere in your home, where it shouldn’t be; however, an AC refrigerant leak may appear within the unit, so it’s not super easy to detect. Also, refrigerant often evaporates when it escapes, so you likely won’t notice if you have a leak.

Any damage to the components of your AC system can cause refrigerant leaks and lead to low levels, which will create some other noticeable issues, such as: no cool air, your AC “freezing up”, and even possibly your system completely shutting down (because it is overworking to compensate).

What Should you do if your Refrigerant Level is Low in your HVAC Unit?

Because refrigerant leaks can be hard to detect and find, if you believe you have a problem with low refrigerant in your HVAC unit, you should call in a Western New York AC professional to help inspect and diagnose the issue.

AC experts have the equipment and knowledge needed to help get your air conditioner back to desirable temperatures in no time. Just because you think the lack of cool air is being caused by low refrigerant, that doesn’t mean that is actually the problem, so you should leave it to the experts.

Duffett Plumbing, Heating & AC is available Day or Night. We fix all major cooling issues. You can count on our team for air conditioner repair in Hamburg, NY. Contact us for any HVAC problem you are facing.