In the HVAC installation and repair industry, experience counts. Albers Air Conditioning is a family-owned and operated company that’s served the Slidell area for over 30 years. Our goal is to make sure your family has reliable and efficient heating and cooling systems to keep you comfortable all year round. We are committed to your satisfaction, which is why we provide a 100% satisfaction guarantee. The next time you need AC repair, call us first.
You can also count on Albers Air Conditioning for expert heating repair services too!
Dangers of Refrigerant Leaks
When your air conditioner leaks refrigerant, it may struggle to produce the cold air you desire. When your system works harder than it has to, it causes your energy bills to go up and the system to experience increased wear and tear. If your system leaks refrigerant, you’ll require more frequent recharging, which costs more money.
Also, refrigerant leaks can be harmful to you, your pets, and the environment. Refrigerant, more commonly called Freon, contains chemicals that can negatively affect your respiratory system. Signs of refrigerant poisoning are labored breathing, irregular heartbeat, fluid buildup in the lungs, confusion or fatigue, seizures, and losing consciousness.
Signs of a Refrigerant Leak
It’s helpful to know the signs of a refrigerant leak so you can call for repairs as soon as possible.
One of the most noticeable signs of refrigerant leaks is if you feel weak or warm airflow coming from the vents when the air conditioner is running. If you have holes or cracks in the refrigerant lines, you may hear a hissing sound near the indoor unit. As mentioned, refrigerant leaks not only cost you money in higher energy bills and put extra stress on your system, they’re hazardous to your health. If you suspect that you have a refrigerant leak, call a professional HVAC repair company right away.
If your home doesn’t have ductwork, you can still get outstanding indoor comfort with a ductless mini-split AC system. Contact us for more information.
Signs It’s Time for Freon Replacement
Now that you know how vital Freon is to the function of your air conditioner, you need to know when it’s time for a replacement or recharge. There are different types of refrigerants. As of January 1, 2020, Freon or R-22 can no longer be made or imported into the United States because of a ban on it by the Environmental Protection Agency. If you have an older HVAC system that still uses Freon, you’ll eventually have to upgrade to R-410A or Puron. Here are the most common signs that you need refrigerant replacement.
- The air conditioner blows warm or hot air.
- You have frost building up on your condenser coils.
- You notice your electric bills rising.