Have you ever wondered what goes into a heating or air conditioning system for a large office building or another large building like a mall or a school? My name is Evelyn, and I am an HVAC architect. I design heating and air conditioning systems for large, corporate buildings. Making sure that a large building with many rooms or offices is efficiently heated and cooled is a very large job and is much more complicated than simply heating or cooling a home. This blog will educate the reader on how heating and cooling jobs this large are designed and completed.
Some homeowners have no idea that the loss of refrigerant in the heating and air conditioning unit isn't a normal part of the operation of their system. An HVAC unit that functions correctly should circulate the required amount of refrigerant for optimal cooling effect. However, if it has a leaking refrigerant, you're likely to experience a spike in energy costs and reduced home comfort. To ensure that this doesn't happen, you should act promptly on some early warning signs. Here are a few that may necessitate the services of an AC repair technician.
1. You can hear strange noises
Your AC should operate quietly when cooling your home. You may have a refrigerant leak if you notice strange noises, particularly gurgling, hissing, or bubbling sounds. Refrigerant leaks result from holes or punctures to your refrigerant line. As your refrigerant leaks from the holes, it produces these sounds. Leaks can happen outside close to the condenser unit or inside your home. An experienced air conditioning repair technician can help establish the source of the noise and patch up the leak.
2. You have a frozen evaporator coil
If there isn't enough refrigerant circulation through your coil, it cannot absorb enough heat to operate efficiently. This causes condensation to form on the coils, making them freeze. This can cause a system breakdown that may lead to expensive repairs like replacing your compressor. So, if you notice any sign of ice build-up in your outdoor unit, ensure that you turn off your unit and get in touch with an AC repair professional.
3. Your home is taking longer than usual to cool
The role of a refrigerant is to absorb heat inside your home and take it outside. This is a task it can't perform optimally if your air conditioner refrigerant is low. If you notice that your home isn't staying as cool as it should, the chances are that you have a refrigerant leak. You'll also realize that your home remains hot regardless of your thermostat setting. Ensure that you seek the services of an experienced air conditioning repair technician if your home takes longer to cool to help you establish whether you have a refrigerant leak.
You should pay attention to the signs of AC refrigerant leaks highlighted in this guide. Failure to take quick action when you notice any of the above signs can cause your air conditioner to malfunction. In severe cases, your unit can break down, which may necessitate costly repairs or replacement.
Contact a local AC repair technician to learn more.