There are some things that you should simply not ignore. Such as the nagging feeling you get when lying in bed at night that you left the front door unlocked. Or a dream in which you buy a winning lottery ticket. Or the urge to get in your car and go find a hot fudge sundae. You get the idea. While we’re being a bit whimsical with those examples, here’s one thing that you should take seriously and never, ever ignore: an air conditioning refrigerant leak. To do so can lead to long-term system damage and a very expensive lesson learned.
Refrigerant is a vital component of your system as it is evaporated, condensed and circulated throughout the system over and over again to provide cool air for your home. Here’s the thing: this occurs in a sealed system, which means the original refrigerant is not meant to leak or dissolve. However, when your system gets older, the coils may become worn over time, causing your system to spring a leak. Signs to look for include warmer air coming out of the vents, or ice forming around the copper refrigeration lines or coils.
Don’t ignore these signs! First, shut off the system. Frozen coils cause your A/C undue stress and can damage the compressor, which may mean an A/C replacement awaits you. Then, call the professional service technicians at Sanborn’s Air Conditioning & Heating, which has been servicing HVAC systems in the Inland Empire for more than seven decades. We will diagnose the leak, repair it and recharge your system. We can also show you how regular A/C maintenance can prevent refrigerant leaks, or detect them before they get out of hand and cause permanent damage.
Unfortunately, your system may be damaged or simply old and inefficient, which brings replacement into the conversation. Also, if your system uses R-22 refrigerant (and most older systems do), recharging will only get more expensive due to an impending 2020 deadline to ban R-22, which the EPA has deemed environmentally hazardous. R-22 is still allowed to service existing air conditioning systems, but between now and the deadline, the cost for R-22 will climb higher and higher. If any of these scenarios apply to you, it is time to take a look at newer systems, which are already more energy efficient and use more environmentally friendly refrigerants such as R-410A.
Your friendly service technician can explain all of this to you when the service call is made, or you can call Sanborn’s for more details on refrigerant, A/C maintenance plan options and our complete line of hard-to-stop Trane systems. Just remember: if you suspect your A/C has sprung a refrigerant leak, don’t ignore it … it’s only going to get worse!