Your HVAC system is an essential part of your home, especially during the summer months. However, if it feels like your commercial air conditioning system is not working as efficiently as it used to, this could be a sign of a refrigerant leak. The refrigerant is one of the essential parts of an AC unit’s operation

Is your AC’s refrigerant leaking?

Refrigerant leaks are a common AC problem, and most calls on AC maintenance and repairs are associated with this issue. A leak in your air conditioning can not only cause performance and efficiency problems, inhaling the chemicals from the leakage can lead to health issues. If you think your system has a refrigerant leak, be on the lookout for these signs.

  • A noticeable decrease in cooling power

A commercial air conditioning system contains refrigerant inside copper coils. The refrigerant absorbs the heat from indoors and the heat is then discharged outdoors. 

  • Your unit starts releasing warm air

With lower levels of refrigerant in your air conditioner, you will notice a significant difference in the coolness of the air your AC unit produces. If you find that the air being released is warmer than usual, your refrigerant might be leaking. 

  • Frozen coils

A significant decrease in the amount of refrigerant circulating through the coils can affect their capacity to absorb heat, causing them to freeze. In most cases, the frozen condensation will begin to melt and drip on the floor. Ice on the evaporator coil might not seem like something to worry about; however, it could lead to a system breakdown and could become an expensive replacement.  

  • A spike in utility bills

If you notice that your energy bill is much higher than usual, there is a good chance you have a refrigerant leak. With less refrigerant, your AC system needs to work harder to cool the room. By frequently adjusting your thermostat to cool the air faster, you are also pushing your electricity bill up. So it’s safe to say that your utility bill will give you a heads up if  problems are taking place within your AC.

What to do in case of refrigerant leaks?

While the signs enumerated above may signify that there is indeed a leak in your AC system, they can also be symptoms of some other issues. Instead of jumping to conclusions, get in touch with us today. Tri-Tech Energy is an established commercial HVAC system company in New Jersey with a reputation for professionalism, expertise, and competency. We’ve been working on commercial and industrial projects, including new builds and renovations, for decades.

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