The Problems an Air Conditioning Refrigerant Leak Can Cause

The refrigerant in an air conditioner is one of the most vital components for its operation. All of the other mechanisms in an AC are meaningless without this fluid that does the actual job of heat exchange: absorbing heat from inside your house and then releasing it to the outside. A key thing to know about refrigerant is that it does not become “used up” during the process of heat exchange. If your AC doesn’t encounter any refrigerant leaks during its lifetime, it will never need to have more refrigerant added. That said, leaks can happen, and if not professionally repaired, they will eventually cause an air conditioner to fully break down. Below are some of the troubles loss of refrigerant due to leaks will create:

Lowered cooling power

If an air conditioner has less refrigerant, it will not be able to carry out heat exchange as well. Less heat absorbed from the indoors, and less heat released to the outdoors. If your AC isn’t cooling as well as it used to, call for repairs: a refrigerant leak may be to blame.

Frozen evaporator coil

Although it sounds odd that loss of refrigerant would make a coil freeze, this is one of biggest warning signs that an AC is running on reduced refrigerant. Because the evaporator coil can no longer absorb as much heat as before, the remaining refrigerant will stay too cold and turn moisture on the coil to ice. A frozen coil will not be able to absorb heat and the AC won’t do its job.

Damaged compressor

This is the most serious problem that refrigerant leaks can cause. The compressor is designed for a specific amount of refrigerant, and will be in danger of overheating if that amount drops. There is also a heightened chance of liquid refrigerant getting inside the compressor, which shouldn’t happen. If the compressor burns out, it often means that whole AC must be replaced.

If you suspect your AC has lost refrigerant, call for professional air conditioning repairs from Justice Air Conditioning & Heating in Corpus Christi, TX.

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