WE’VE HAD A LOT OF HOT DAYS THIS SUMMER AND YOUR HOME’S HEATING AND COOLING SYSTEM HAS PROBABLY BEEN PUT TO THE TEST..
PEOPLE ARE SPENDING MORE TIME AT HOME WHETHER WORKING FROM HOME OR DOING VIRTUAL SCHOOL. THEY MAY BEGIN TO NOTICE THINGS THEY PREVIOUSLY DIDN’T SUCH AS.. HOW THE A/C UNIT STRUGGLES IN THE HOTTEST PORTIONS OF THE DAY. IS THIS A SYMPTOM OF LOW REFRIGERANT?
Refrigerant is the “blood” of your AC system. Without the right amount, your system won’t be able to cool your home properly. But, determining whether or not your AC system needs refrigerant can be tricky because low refrigerant “symptoms” can also be the symptoms of other AC issues.
YOU SAY IF SOMEONE THINKS THEIR A/C IS LOW ON REFRIGERANT THERE ARE SOME SIGNS TO LOOK FOR.. ONE SIGN IS HIGHER ENERGY BILLS
If you notice that your energy bills have increased and you haven’t made significant changes to your home’s temperature, you may have a refrigerant leak.
As I previously said, refrigerant is the “blood” of your AC system. If there is not enough refrigerant in your AC system, your AC can’t get rid of as much heat per cooling cycle, meaning your system will need to run longer and work harder to cool your home. Longer run times mean higher energy bills
However, this could also be the sign of an aging system or that the filter is dirty and restricting the airflow. If your system was recently installed it could mean it’s too small or too large for your home.
ANOTHER SIGN IS WARM AIR COMING FROM MY VENTS.. WHAT IS THIS TRYING TO TELL US?
Refrigerant absorbs heat from your home’s air and transfers it outside. If refrigerant levels are low, your AC can’t absorb enough heat per cycle, meaning you may notice warmer air blowing from your supply vents.
Before you call a professional to come and recharge your system, we’d recommend replacing your air filter. If your AC filter is clogged, it can prevent your system from pulling in enough warm air (meaning there will be less cool air for your AC to blow out).
However, if you have replaced your AC filter and you notice that your AC system is still producing warm air, you probably do have low refrigerant levels and should reach out to a pro.
WHAT IF I NOTICE ICE OR FROST ON MY AC?
If you spot ice or frost anywhere on your AC, it could be a sign that your refrigerant levels are low. When refrigerant levels get too low, it can cause the temperature of the refrigerant to drop below normal design temperatures. Eventually, this will cause ice to build on the refrigerant lines and the evaporator coil.
Other issues that can cause ice/frost to build
Dirty air filter- Low airflow can cause your evaporator coil to freeze, and if your air filter is clogged, it could reduce the airflow to your AC system. So, if you haven’t checked your air filter already, you should do that before calling a professional.
Closed vents- As we mentioned above, low airflow can cause your evaporator coil to freeze. To prevent this, you should ensure that all of your vents are open and unobstructed.