Does My Air Conditioner Need Refrigerant?

Does My Air Conditioner Need Refrigerant?

In order for your air conditioning system to cool your home, it needs refrigerant. Put simply, refrigerant is a cooling agent that works within your HVAC system to convert cooled air from a liquid to a gas and back again.

Refrigerant does not naturally replenish itself and eventually needs to be replaced in order for your air conditioning system to function. If you think your air conditioning system needs refrigerant, watch out for any of these three signs.

1. Your Home Takes Forever to Cool Down

Does your home seem to take forever to cool down once your air conditioning system is turned on? If so, it may be a sign that the refrigerant levels in your HVAC system are depleted. This occurs because refrigerant is used to absorb the heat in the air. When refrigerant levels get too low, it’s harder to absorb the heat in your home, making it harder for your home to cool down as a result.

2. Your Electric Bills Keep Getting Higher

If your electric bills are getting costlier each passing month, your HVAC system could be low on refrigerant. This relates back to the above reason. When your air conditioning system has to work harder to cool your home down, it’s going to use more energy in the process. The result? Increased energy bills.

3. The Refrigerant Line Is Covered in Ice

If you notice the copper refrigerant line is covered in ice, then your HVAC system may be low on refrigerant. When your system is low on refrigerant, your air conditioner’s evaporator coil can get too cold. This can cause cold refrigerant to flow back to the refrigerant line, causing it to freeze.

Call the Professionals at Engineered Air for Refrigerant Leaks and Repairs

Refrigerant can be particularly dangerous, so if you suspect your air conditioning system’s refrigerant levels are low, call a professional and schedule a maintenance appointment with Engineered Air. One of our experienced technicians will inspect your entire system, replenish refrigerant levels and check for leaks within the refrigerant line.

Give us a call today to learn more, or schedule a maintenance appointment online.