How Are HVAC Refrigerant Leaks Diagnosed?

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While fall is definitely here, you’re likely to still be using your air conditioner during the warm daytime hours. After a summer of scorching heat, your system has definitely been put to the test in terms of its durability. For this reason, it’s important to keep an eye out for issues that can impact its performance – including refrigerant leaks.

Unlike with many other HVAC issues, the signs of a refrigerant leak are often subtle and easy to overlook. Often, the first and only indicator is a higher utility bill. Other signs include poor cooling, ice on the evaporator coil and a very slight hissing sound emanating from the outdoor unit.

When it comes to properly diagnosing an HVAC refrigerant leak, it’s important to get expert advice. At Bruce’s, we can help you get to the bottom of a leak, as well as any other problems impacting the function of your system.

If we suspect a refrigerant leak, we use a few techniques to confirm it. This includes implementing an electronic leak detector that offers a high degree of accuracy in terms of pinpointing the source of the leak.

If your HVAC system has a refrigerant leak, it’s important to remember that repair isn’t as simple as adding refrigerant. In fact, beware of any HVAC company that offers this low quality solution. Not only will the leak not be repaired, you’ll be paying more money to continue to refill your unit. The right approach is to fix the leak, test the repair, and then add refrigerant. Then, and only then, will your system be functioning as it should be. If there are multiple leaks, we may recommend replacing the refrigerant coil.

Think you may have a refrigerant leak? Don’t wait another day. Call Bruce’s today at 480-968-5652.