What Do I Do If the Refrigerant Is Leaking Out of My Air Conditioner?

Heating and cooling techs spend a lot of time answering general HVAC service questions and inevitably hear a lot about air conditioners and refrigerant. What you need to know is how to tell if you have a coolant leak and what to do about it if you do.

How Can I Tell if My HVAC System Has a Refrigerant Leak?

There are some telltale signs you could have a refrigerant leak. These include:

  • The house takes longer than normal to cool off
  • Warm air is blowing out the vents instead of cool air
  • Your utility bills are increasing
  • The refrigerant line has ice on it

What Do I Do if My HVAC Has a Refrigerant Leak?

If your HVAC system is working properly, it shouldn’t leak refrigerant. A leak is an indication of a mechanical issue. The first thing to do is identify where the leak is and then repair the problem. The critical thing to know is that refrigerant is an environmental hazard, and it has to be handled properly. Because of this, it’s important to call a certified HVAC technician to address the problem.

Two of the most common causes of a refrigerant leak are a leak in the evaporator coil or a leak in the condenser coil. Replacing the part is the best way to fix the problem. A consideration at this point is how old is your HVAC system? If your system is less than ten years old, it’s probably worth paying for the repair, but if it’s older than 10 or 15 years, it could be time to talk to your HVAC company about an upgrade.

Feeling a little warm this spring? It could be a refrigerant leak. To get the answer to this general HVAC service question, and to schedule a service call to get to the root of the issue, contact your local McCall’s dealer today.