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Signs Of A Slight AC Coolant Leak

If you have a central AC system that cools down the temperature inside your home, then you may understand that it is vital to investigate the system and how it works so you can take immediate action if the unit is in a state of disrepair. While big problems will occur with some fairly telltale signs and symptoms, the issues typically start off small and you will see the start of the problem well before your AC system fails. This is true of a refrigerant leak. Mild or moderate leaks will usually form first, so keep reading to learn about the signs that a small leak has developed.

It Take A Bit Longer For Your Home To Cool Down

If the temperatures outside have remained fairly consistent, but you notice that it takes longer for your unit to cool down your home, then this is a sign that the appliance is losing some of its refrigerant. Without the correct amount of refrigerant, the unit cannot cool the air as effectively. This results in warmer air being pumped through your vents and your unit running for a longer period of time.

At first, it may only seem to take an extra 10 or 15 minutes for your house to fully cool down once the AC unit kicks on. This type of issue may be caused by a dirty air filter as well and evaporation coils in the unit that are dirty. You should check on these problems first before contacting an HVAC professional about a possible leak. 

You Do Not Feel As Much Hot Air Being Dispelled

The outdoor AC unit will dispel the heat that was absorbed by the coolant. This occurs across the vents that sit on top of the unit just above the fan. The fan pulls air over the coils to collect the heat, and the warm air is released into the environment. 

If you have a leak in one of the coolant lines, then the coolant cannot absorb as much heat. Therefore, there is less heat to release to the outside of your home. You may be able to feel a difference in the temperature by placing your hand over the fan unit.

If you actually feel an increase in hear, then this may be a sign of a coolant issue as well. When there is less coolant, then the compressor pump may need to work harder to force the coolant into the AC unit that sits in your house. This can create a great deal of heat. If an increase in heat is noted, speak with an HVAC professional immediately, such as at Arctic Air and Heat, so the appliance can be inspected before it completely overheats.