If your AC refrigerant isn’t in proper working order, then your AC isn’t either. Your air conditioner’s ability to cool air is dependent on refrigerant. Refrigerant will absorb heat and provide you with cool air that runs through a compressor and evaporator. Typically, homeowners who suspect an air conditioning issue are dealing with the system’s refrigerant level. Your air conditioning system needs an adequate refrigerant level to work properly and energy efficiency. Let’s learn more so you can care for your air conditioning system in the future.
What Is an AC Refrigerant?
Your refrigerant is the cooling function of the air conditioner. Refrigerant is also used in other household appliances such as your refrigerator, freezer, and any other appliances that use cooling. To understand the functionality of refrigerant, you need to understand how air conditioners work. Air conditioners use refrigerant inside copper coils in the evaporator and condenser.
This absorbs the heat in the room and expels it outside. While this is happening, the Refrigerant will change from low-pressure gas to high-pressure liquid. The liquid will be blown over with a fan to expel the heat. Next, the liquid compresses more and converts to gas again. This cold gas will blow over another fan and into the room. This cycle is ongoing.
How Do I Tell If My AC Refrigerant Needs Work?
It is always helpful to understand your home systems and the potential problems that may come. Your AC’s refrigerant is usually not a big problem to worry about. The refrigerant is built to withstand a lot and outlast your AC unit. There can be a leak and you would need to get this repaired by a professional.
Keep an eye out for some of the potential problems that could indicate a larger issue. If you notice your AC is in a cooling mode, but no cool air is coming out of the vents then you need to look at the refrigerant. This is one of the most common problems and it is most likely the refrigerant, but it can mean there are other problems.
If you are looking at your ductless unit, you should see copper coils that are a dark gold color. This coil should be extremely cold to the touch but there shouldn’t be any visible signs of ice. If there is any frost or ice, the refrigerant could be leaking. This can be a big reason the cooling setting is not working in your home. You will need to call a professional who can identify and repair the damage.
It is always important to schedule consistent maintenance for your AC system. This can prevent you from going into a hot summer without proper cooling in your home. Good AC technicians can foresee potential issues or refrigerant leaks early on so that you can get these issues remedied, Refrigerant leaks can be caused by various things.
For more information on your HVAC system and to schedule maintenance or repairs, contact us. We would be happy to assist you with any HVAC, plumbing, or air quality needs in Snohomish County.