Air conditioners cool your indoor spaces during the warmest months of the year. However, they may encounter issues over time, preventing them from performing as well as they should. One of the most common issues with AC units is low refrigerant levels.
Refrigerant naturally diminishes over the years, so your AC needs to be recharged occasionally. To give you an idea of when it’s time to refill your refrigerant, here are some signs you should look out for.
Things That You Should Check
- Faint Hissing Noise – A faint hissing or bubbling sound usually means the refrigerant is seeping out of your AC, even if you can’t locate the leak.
- Leaks – Check for any signs of greasy film near your unit because this is a sign your AC is leaking refrigerant. Request the assistance of technicians to locate the source of the leak and have it sealed.
- Thermostat Malfunction – Make it a habit to check your AC’s temperature and reset it. Keep track of any temperature fluctuations. Remember that a faulty thermostat can also indicate a low refrigerant level.
Replace vs. Recharge
Consider both the cost and age of your AC. If the leak is extensive and many parts need to be replaced, purchasing a new unit would be more cost-effective. If you’re dealing with a small leak, repairing the leak and recharging would be enough to resolve the issue. Make sure your technician inspects your unit thoroughly, and invest in regular AC maintenance.
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