What to Do If You Have an AC Refrigerant Leak

April 26, 2013

There’s not much worse than coming home from a hot day in the sun or a long day in the office to find that your air conditioner isn’t working correctly or at all! One of the most common causes of AC malfunctions is a refrigerant leak. All air conditioning systems rely on refrigerant for the heat transfer that cools the air in your home, and when it’s leaking, it can cause some serious—and expensive—problems for your AC if left unchecked.

Although there are signs of a refrigerant leak, once they are detected, it’s important to have the system checked out by a trained and experienced AC professional. If your refrigerant isn’t balanced correctly, your air conditioner will continue to work improperly.

If you have an AC refrigerant leak in Cincinnati, Morrow, Lebanon, or the surrounding Ohio areas, call Rick’s Heating & Cooling at 513-899-6005 or contact us online!

Detecting an AC Refrigerant Leak

At Rick’s Heating & Cooling, our AC technicians will assist you with the testing, detection, and repair of an AC refrigerant leak if you suspect one in your home. Once the place and size of the leak have been identified, we will present you with the most economical options, in an effort to save you money.

Some of the most common refrigerant leak situations are:

Refrigerant leak in the condensing or evaporator coil – If the refrigerant leak is in the condensing coil or in the evaporating coil, repair might be possible, depending on how accessible the leak point is. As a last resort, we can fix the air conditioning unit by replacing the leaky coil with a new one.

Refrigerant leak in the valve or access port – If the refrigerant leak is in a valve or access port, the valves can be cleaned pretty easily by a professional AC technician. Replacing a refrigerant service port valve does require soldering, and our technicians are fully equipped to perform the operation in a timely and economical manner.

Refrigerant leak due to severe corrosion – If the refrigerant leak is due to severe unit corrosion, a solder repair is probably not possible because the unit likely has thinned and weakened parts. For this reason, we recommend AC replacement as the most economical long-term solution.

Schedule Your Estimate Today!

If you suspect your air conditioner has a refrigerant leak, contact Rick’s Heating & Cooling today for an estimate on AC repair in Cincinnati and the surrounding Ohio areas. Our highly trained and skilled professionals will make recommendations on the best course of action for your home and help you stay cool and comfortable. Call today!