AC refrigerant leaks pose many problems for homeowners. One of the most inconvenient problems is an increase in costs associated with electricity bills. But there are also health risks, potential air conditioner malfunctions, and other harmful implications associated with coolant leaks.

An AC refrigerant leak often warrants immediate repairs from a qualified technician. But before scheduling for repairs, it’s important to recognize the signs of a refrigerant leak. These leaks can be hard to identify, which is why we have composed a series of indications that your system is leaking coolant.

Join us as we provide insight regarding signs of refrigerant leaks and help you to understand how these symptoms impact you, your loved ones, and the functionality of your AC.

High Electricity Bills

When the cooling component of your AC isn’t operating as it should, it can cause your air conditioner to work overtime. This increases kilowatt usage and ultimately causes an increase in costs associated with your electric bill. Take some time to compare your previous electric bills with your current ones to determine the difference in costs. Have your most recent bills skyrocketed and you have noticed any of the following signs of a refrigerant leak? Then it may be time for AC repairs.

1) Long Cooling Cycles

The duty of refrigerant in the cooling process is to absorb the heat from inside your home and expel it outside. When a leak is present, coolant levels deplete. When a system’s refrigerant levels get too low, it takes longer for your AC to cool your home. This will cause your system to work harder and longer than usual to reach the desired temperature. You may also find yourself constantly lowering the thermostat simply for your home to reach the previously desired temperature. 

2) Hissing Noises

Hissing noises are typically a result of cracks or holes in the coils that circulate refrigerant. If the coolant in your unit is leaking through a relatively large hole, these hissing sounds could develop into a larger more prominent gurgling sound. Any noises emitting from your air conditioner should be taken seriously and checked out by a  qualified AC technician

3) Frozen Evaporator Coils

The most common sign of a coolant leak in your system is the formation of ice on your evaporator coils. When inadequate refrigerant levels circulate through your evaporator coils, the coils will not sufficiently absorb heat. This will cause the condensation on the coils to freeze and could result in a complete breakdown of your AC system, causing expensive repairs. It is highly recommended to monitor your evaporator coils regularly. If ice is forming, you may have a refrigerant leak.

4) AC Failing to Distribute Cold Air

This is undoubtedly the most apparent sign that your AC is leaking refrigerant. When your unit is failing to distribute cold air, check all vents to determine if the issue is constant and present among all vents. If the air emitting from all vents is not cold, you may have a coolant leak.

Do You Have A Refrigerant Leak And Require Repairs?

Don’t worry! If you live on Oahu or Kauai, you’re in luck! Island Comfort has been providing the members of our Hawaiian communities with the AC services required to repair refrigerant leaks for many years. If you have questions, comments, concerns, or require the service of one of our qualified technicians, contact us today! One of our specialists would be happy to assist you and provide you with some tips and tricks to avoid refrigerant leaks in the future.