Is My AC Low on Refrigerant?

Is My AC Low on Refrigerant?

You probably think about the last time you went food shopping or went to the doctor pretty often. But when’s the last time you thought about the refrigerant levels and your air conditioner? Probably not for a while, if ever. Thing is, if your AC is low on refrigerant, you could be causing your unit to work much harder than it should. Luckily, there are a few signs that can tell you if you have this problem.

Sign Your AC Is Low on Refrigerant:

Your unit is blowing warm air.

The whole point of refrigerant is that it helps cool air in your AC to push to your home. If your unit is blowing warm air, your refrigerant levels are probably low and need to be recharged.

Your home takes forever to cool.

While your AC doesn’t cool your home instantly, it shouldn’t be taking hours for you to feel its effects. If your home is taking a long time to feel cool, you may be low on refrigerant.

You have high energy bills.

While high energy bills could be a result of a few problems, low refrigerant levels can cause your AC to work harder to call your home, therefore using more energy and increasing your utility bills each month. Without fixing the problem, your bills can continue to cost you more money.

You hear hissing coming from your unit.

Unlike gas in a vehicle, refrigerant doesn’t get used up as your AC uses it. The only way for it to become low is if a leak allows it to escape from your unit. Hissing or bubbling noises coming from your AC are usually a sign of a leak that needs to be repaired by an HVAC professional right away.

If you believe your AC is low on refrigerant, call the experts at Wahl Family Heating, Cooling, and Plumbing. We offer comprehensive HVAC repairs in the Pittsburgh metro area and have been trusted to help homeowners and businesses since 1980. For more information or to schedule a service, call us at (412) 265-2662.