When living in the Cape Cod region, you get to enjoy beautiful natural scenery and a moderate climate, but that doesn’t mean that the area is immune to extreme weather and temperatures! As the mercury starts to rise during the summer months, your AC system has to be functioning at its best, and the last thing you want to deal with a leaking air conditioner when you need it the most.

Are You Dealing With Leaking Refrigerant in Your AC Unit?

At Carl F. Riedell & Son, we’ve been serving the community with superior air conditioning services since 1932. Throughout our many years of fixing and replacing Cape Cod HVAC systems, we’ve found that refrigerant leaks are one of the most common issues affecting the quality of your air conditioner’s performance. 

If you suspect your air conditioning system might be suffering from refrigerant leakage, there are a few signs to look out for to determine if you need a repair:

Ineffective Cooling Performance

If you’ve noticed that it takes longer to cool your home than it used to or that it’s not getting very cold inside despite how low you set the thermostat, run your hand over the vents to check the temperature of the air blowing through. Warm air or low air flow, especially when the thermostat is set at a cold temperature, could indicate a refrigerant leak. 

Strange Noises are Coming From Your Unit
You can diagnose a refrigerant leak by listening for hissing or low, grumbling noises while it’s running. If there are strange noises coming from the system, they could be caused by cracks in the coils and refrigerant leaking through. 

The Evaporator Coils are Frozen
Leaking systems cause a reduction in fluid circulating through the evaporator coils, resulting in inadequate heat transfer and freezing. Ice on the evaporator coils is never something to ignore and could result in a more serious issue down the road if left unattended. 

If your system’s evaporator coils are frozen, call a reputable AC servicing company immediately to diagnose and resolve the issue, and prevent further damage to your equipment. To find a qualified company, try searching for “HVAC company near me” on the internet for a list of providers to contact.

Your Energy Bills Have Increased

Have you noticed an increase in your energy bills, especially when comparing them to last year’s bills from the same time? If so, consider whether you’ve been setting the thermostat at a lower temperature lately to compensate for your HVAC system’s insufficient cooling performance. 

Most homeowners will try to compensate for the deficient performance they’re getting from their AC systems by lowering the temperature on the thermostat, which results in elevated energy costs. If there’s no other explanation for the hike in your energy bill, it very well could be due to a refrigerant leak.

Is Repairing an Old, Leaking HVAC System Worth it? 

If you suspect your HVAC system is leaking and its more than10 years old, it’s probably running on R22, or Freona dangerous, environmentally unsafe refrigerant. In recent years, the government has passed several laws banning the use of Freon in newer air conditioning units as part of a plan to abolish the product completely over the next two years. In fact, there’s never been a better time than now to upgrade your HVAC system, and here’s why: starting in January of 2020, Freon will no longer be available for sale—making it illegal for use in the maintenance or repairs of HVAC systems. Not only is Freon going to be much more expensive than before, your entire air conditioning system will become obsolete in 2020and completely useless should it break down after that.

If you suspect your air conditioning unit may have a leakage problem or you're interested in learning more about replacing your air conditioner with a newer, more efficient model, call the Cape Cod HVAC team at Carl F. Riedell & Son right away. Our professional experts will diagnose the problem and provide a fast, affordable solution to your issue—whether it’s refrigerant leakage or something else. For more information, give us a call, or request a free, in-home consultation and no-obligation pricing estimate by filling out our online form.