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Air Conditioning Repair FAQ: Detecting a Refrigerant Leak

Thursday, May 16th, 2013 at 10:08 am

The refrigerant that circulates through your compressor and coils needs to remain at the correct level if your air conditioner is to be effective and energy efficient. This is known as its “charge.” If it falls below this level, then it can lead to various problems and even system breakdown. That’s the last thing you want to have to deal with during the long hot summer. But it’s not always so simple to detect that you have a leak in the first place. In this post, we’d like to review some leak detection methods, as well as some symptoms of low refrigerant. If you’re concerned about the effectiveness of your cooling system, then call Next Generation for air conditioning repair in Melbourne, FL  today!

Low levels of refrigerant are caused by equipment failure, poor installation, or leaks. The last cause is the most common, and it can itself be caused by corrosion, physical damage, or even stress caused by temperature and pressure fluctuations. If you have inadequate cooling in your home, or you notice a spike in your energy bills, it could mean that your system is attempting to compensate for the low level of refrigerant circulating through your air conditioner. It may be possible to hear a subtle hissing sound, which indicates that your gaseous refrigerant is leaking out of your coils.

There are numerous leak detection methods available, and your local technician will choose the most efficient and effective one to check for refrigerant leaks in your system. Hand-held electronic devices, as well as fixed system monitors, are among the cleanest and fastest methods available. These devices are able to identify the CFCs, HCFCs as well as HFCs as they emit from refrigerant leaks. There are also infrared devices, and those using charged electrodes and heated diodes to find leaks. Older methods include using bubbling liquid to find specific leakage points, as well as the dye injection method.

If you’re concerned about the adequacy of your cooling system, or think you might have low refrigerant levels, call for Melbourne, FL air conditioning repair service from Next Generation Air & Heat Inc. today.

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