What To Do If You Detect a Freon Leak

By in ,
What To Do If You Detect a Freon Leak

Freon™ is a specific brand of refrigerant used in HVAC systems. Refrigerant is necessary for your air conditioning unit to operate correctly and, like natural gas, is a tasteless, odorless and highly toxic substance.  If left unchecked, a freon leak can affect your health, causing such things as breathing difficulties, skin or eye irritations, coughing, nausea and vomiting. If you suspect your HVAC system has a freon leak, quick action is very important for the continued health and safety of the home’s occupants.

Signs That You May Have a Freon Leak

There are several indicators to help you know whether or not your air conditioning system is leaking refrigerant. If you notice any of the following signs, it’s time to call for an HVAC repair. 

  1. The system has low air flow and is no longer cooling your indoor space as it was previously. 
  2. Your electricity costs have increased with no obvious reason.
  3. The house takes longer to cool down when the air conditioner is running.
  4. Warm air is coming from the registers.
  5. You’ve noticed ice build-up on the indoor evaporator coils or copper lines.
  6. You hear hissing sounds coming from the indoor unit.

Freon leaks are most often caused by deterioration or corrosion at the fittings or connections in the tubing for your air conditioning system. They really are not that common, but they can occur. If you have an HVAC system, it’s worth taking the time to educate yourself on how to know if you have a leak and what to do about it if you do. 

Call Merts Heating & Air Conditioning

One of the trained HVAC technicians at Merts Heating & Air Conditioning will be able to locate the origin of the leak, fix the problem and get your system back to peak operating performance in no time. We are ready when you need us for refrigerant leaks or HVAC repairs 24/7 every day, all day. Call Merts Heating & Air Conditioning. Delivering Quality and Honesty since 1952.