A can of air conditioner refrigerant.

Is Your Air Conditioner Dying of Thirst?

As the summer heat in Wynne, AR, rises, our reliance on air conditioning systems becomes increasingly significant.

Here at Advantage Heating and Air Conditioning, one of the most common questions we hear is, “Does my AC need a refrigerant refill?”

This is a crucial question that many homeowners face, especially when their air conditioner starts to show signs of trouble. Let’s dive into the details and clear up any confusion you may have.

Understanding Refrigerant

Refrigerant is the lifeblood of your air conditioning system. It’s a special fluid that circulates through your AC unit, absorbing heat inside your home and releasing it outside. This process is essential for maintaining a cool indoor environment.

Without the right amount of refrigerant, your AC cannot effectively cool your home, leading to discomfort and potential system damage.

Types of Refrigerant

The type of refrigerant your AC uses depends on its make, model, and age. If your air conditioner was manufactured before 2010, it likely uses R-22. However, due to environmental regulations, R-22 is being phased out, and newer systems use R-410A, a more eco-friendly option.

To determine which refrigerant your AC uses, check the nameplate on your outdoor condenser unit. This information is typically listed there. If you need assistance, Advantage Heating and Air Conditioning is here to help you identify your refrigerant type and provide expert advice.

Avoid DIY Refrigerant Refills

A customer's AC unit being recharged with refrigerant.

While DIY projects can be satisfying and sometimes save money, handling refrigerants is not one of them. Refrigerants are hazardous substances that require proper handling and certification. Improper handling can result in serious health risks, including toxicity, respiratory problems, and even blindness.

Furthermore, handling refrigerants without the proper certification is illegal due to their potentially dangerous properties.

Our Advantage Heating and Air Conditioning team is trained and certified to safely and legally handle refrigerants. We have the expertise to detect leaks, dispose of old refrigerant properly, and ensure your system is correctly refilled, all while prioritizing your safety.

Signs of a Refrigerant Leak

Your air conditioner’s refrigerant operates within a closed system, so its levels should always be the same. If your refrigerant levels are low, it’s typically a sign of a leak. Here are some common indicators that your AC might be experiencing a refrigerant leak:

  • Blowing Warm Air: If your AC is blowing warm or hot air instead of cool, it could be due to low refrigerant levels.
  • Prolonged Cooling Times: If your home takes longer than usual to cool down, it might indicate that your AC is struggling because of insufficient refrigerant.
  • Ice on the Evaporator Coil: Ice formation on your AC’s evaporator coil clearly shows a refrigerant issue.
  • High Electricity Bills: Unexpectedly high electricity bills can suggest that your AC is working harder than it should due to low refrigerant levels.
  • Hissing or Bubbling Sounds: If you hear hissing or bubbling noises near the refrigerant lines, it strongly indicates a leak.

Action Plan For a Suspected Leak

If you suspect your air conditioner has a refrigerant leak, acting quickly is important. Here are the steps you should take:

  • Turn Off Your AC: Switch your thermostat from ‘COOL’ to ‘OFF’ to prevent further damage to your system.
  • Defrost Frozen Components: Set your thermostat fan to ‘ON’ for a few hours to defrost any frozen parts.
  • Contact a Professional: Reach out to Advantage Heating and Air Conditioning. Our experienced technicians will diagnose the issue, locate the leak, and determine the best course of action to fix it.

Final Thoughts

Air conditioners need precise refrigerant levels to function properly. Mixing different types of refrigerants or adding the wrong ones can cause significant damage to your system and pose serious safety risks. It is crucial to trust licensed professionals with any refrigerant-related tasks.

At Advantage Heating and Air Conditioning, we are trained and certified in handling refrigerants safely. We have the necessary tools and expertise to detect and repair leaks, ensuring your AC operates efficiently and safely.

If you have any concerns about your air conditioner’s refrigerant levels or suspect a leak, don’t wait. Contact Advantage Heating and Air Conditioning at (870) 238-8785. Our team of experts is ready to help you keep your home cool and comfortable all summer long.

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