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If Your A/C Is Blowing Hot Air, You Could Have A Refrigerant Leak

Posted on July 18, 2016

Here is a scenario no one likes: coming home and finding that the temperature inside your home is almost as hot as it is outside. Unfortunately, air conditioners often let us down at the worst times: during the height of summer. Of course, this is because the wear and tear on your air conditioner builds with the summer heat, resulting in breakdowns. A major system failure could be the problem, but the good news is it could also be an easy repair. At any rate, performing regular maintenance could prevent breakdowns from happening.

A critical component of air conditioner maintenance is making sure your system is fully charge. Low refrigerant levels are often caused by leaks and lead to system inefficiency and failure. Leaks are also harmful to our environment. Plus, studies have shown that A/C systems as low as one-half pound on refrigerant can increase your utility costs by as much as 20%.

Systems more than a few years old likely use R-22 refrigerant, which will be banned by the Environmental Protection Agency after Jan. 1, 2020. R-22-based air conditioners can still be serviced and charged if necessary until that deadline. But, you need to continue to monitor your A/C for any possible leaks. If you suspect your system isn’t cooling the way it should due to a refrigerant leak, schedule immediate professional service. In lieu of the approaching R-22 ban, replacing your A/C with newer models that use environmentally-friendly refrigerants such as R-410A is a good idea..

As always, cleaning and replacing your system’s air filter will help system performance and efficiency. Clogged or dirty filters contribute to a myriad of problems, including poor indoor air quality and damage to the system’s evaporator. A dirty evaporator causes your A/C to struggle to cool the air.

Perform regular maintenance, and check your refrigerant levels and air filter more often during the summer months to keep your system running smoothly. This could extend the life of your system and help prevent costly A/C repairs.

Call The General today to schedule a system tune-up.