AC Refrigerant Leaks

San Diego enjoys sunny weather throughout the year, which makes it important that you keep your A/C in top shape. An undetected refrigerant leak is one of the most important reasons for an A/C malfunction.

Detecting a leak

If your A/C is showing low levels of refrigerant, it is possibly due to a leak, unless it was undercharged when you installed it. The efficiency of your A/C will depend on optimal refrigerant levels as specified by the manufacturer. If you are sure it is a leak, it is better to repair it rather than adding more refrigerant.

Types of refrigerant leaks

It is important to know the type of leak to easily locate the leak using the right leak detection tool. An active refrigerant leak is a continuous leak and can be easily detected with an electronic leak detector. Oil around the refrigerant line, crack in the compressor board and any damage to the refrigerant line are all indications of an active leak. A passive leak, on the other hand, is generally caused by change in temperature, pressure of friction and happens intermittently.

Fix your refrigerant leak

Call upon a well trained and licensed technician to identify and fix refrigerant leaks. Your A/C technician should look at all the parts and check for damage, air pressure and all the signs of a refrigerant leak. Some HVAC contractors will offer you a refrigerant leak sealant. While this may be a short-term solution ideal for resolving very small leaks or preventing leak, it is not always recommended.