Air conditioners need refrigerant to work. For most homeowners in and around the Indianapolis area, that’s the extent of our knowledge and awareness about the refrigeration/refrigerant chemical. We need gas in our cars. Air in our lungs. And refrigerant in our A/C units.
And thankfully that’s about all we need to know. Like the gas in our cars and the air in our lungs, it’s not imperative that we know how they work…just that they are indeed working.
Common Cooling Issues Faced During Peak Air Conditioning Usage
So how do you know when it’s not working? Or more specifically, how do you know when your refrigerants’s low?
The most obvious sign we see is a frozen evaporator coil, which is located inside your home in the blower cabinet. This coil subtracts heat from the air inside your house and transfers it outside your home. Without enough Freon running through the system, the coils cannot absorb enough heat from the air to cool your house. Eventually, moisture collects on the outside of the coil and freezes—restricting even more Freon flow through the system.
But there are other signs to pay attention to as well, such as:
You might think a frozen evaporator coil would be normal or even a preferred phenomenon. I mean, the air conditioning unit is supposed to produce cold air, right? True. But low refrigerant levels mean you have a low charge and a low charge can push your air conditioner compressor to extreme measures—sometimes causing permanent damage.
If you notice any of the aforementioned signs, don’t try to add more refrigerant yourself. And don’t sit, wish, and hope things get better. Unfortunately, they won’t. Turn off your air conditioning system and call a service technician who can remedy the problem. We’ll be happy to help if you call us at 317-670-0171 or tweet us @Trusthomesense.
The sooner you make that call or send that tweet, the sooner you’ll be cool again.
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