Not only can refrigerant leaks cause your air conditioner to blow warm air, but they pose serious health risks. If you suspect you may have an evaporator coil leak, get in touch with our team at Jerry Brittingham A/C & Heat, Inc. as soon as possible.
We provide reliable refrigerant leak repair, and freon recharges everywhere in Daytona Beach, FL, and the surrounding area. We’re a Ruud Pro Partner with nearly two decades of experience. Our skilled AC contractors adhere to the strictest safety standards and will go above and beyond to exceed your expectations.
Not sure if your refrigerant levels are the problem? Not a problem—we can handle all manner of AC repairs.
What Causes AC Refrigerant Leaks?
Like any other mechanical part, your evaporator coil, which contains the refrigerant in your air conditioner (often called freon), will degrade over time, in this case, due to formic acid formation in the copper lines. Leaks are also more likely to occur in older units as a result of longer-term exposure to vibration.
Improper installation, frequent evaporator coil freezing, and problems with drainage can also lead to refrigerant leaks.
Scheduling regular professional AC maintenance is the best way to prevent freon leaks and keep your cooling system running safely. We’ll inspect common leak points and clean them to reduce the chance of damage.
How to Spot an Air Conditioner Refrigerant Leak
While refrigerant leaks are far from the most common AC problem, they do present with easy-to-spot symptoms. You may be dealing with a freon leak if you notice:
- Reduced AC performance: The coolant within your unit’s evaporator coil is responsible for cooling the air that’s distributed throughout your home. If that coolant runs low, the unit will gradually produce warmer air before it stops cooling entirely. You may also notice longer cooling cycles and higher utility bills.
- Increased indoor humidity: Your AC doesn't just cool air. It also pulls some degree of humidity from that air. Rising humidity levels are, in turn, another sign of reduced AC performance.
- Bubbling or hissing sounds: Refrigerant leaks are one of the only issues that will lead to a bubbling or hissing sound from the unit.
- Frozen evaporator coil: While a frozen coil can cause a leak, it can also be a sign of a leak. If there are ice crystals on your evaporator coil, there's likely a coolant issue.
Improving your indoor air quality can reduce the chance of formic acid formation in your evaporator coil. Check out our air purification system installation services.
Restore Your AC's Performance with a Freon Recharge
Since your cooling system relies on a closed-loop system, freon isn’t used up during operation. Unless your evaporator coil is leaking, there’s no need to refill (also called recharging) your refrigerant. After our experts locate and repair the leak, we’ll ensure that the freon levels are restored as well.
Freon replacement services require a licensed professional as refrigerant is toxic. Refrigerant poisoning can cause:
- Skin and eye irritation
- Chemical burns or frostbite
- Dizziness and confusion
- Nausea and vomiting
- Difficulty breathing
- Irregular heartbeat
- Loss of consciousness
Our technicians are certified, licensed, and strictly adhere to Environmental Protection Agency regulations.