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Signs Of Low Refrigerant In Your Home Cooling System

Warm air coming from vents and other signs of a refrigerant leak

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You’ll be relying on your central air conditioner more than ever this year to keep your family comfortable in your New Jersey home – so if it’s not working the way it should, you need to take care of the problem right away.

One thing to keep a close watch on in the coming weeks is the temperature of the air coming from your cooling vents. If the air is warm – or if you notice ice forming on the lines of your outdoor compressor/condenser unit after you’ve run your A/C for a few hours – you might have a refrigerant leak.

What is refrigerant?

Refrigerant is used to transfer heat from inside to outside your home; when your cooling system doesn’t have enough of it on hand, heat builds in your outdoor unit’s condenser coils, at first decreasing the output of cool air and eventually causing your cooling system to overheat, or possibly even fail.

Refrigerant levels can drop due to small leaks in your compressor that you often can’t see with the naked eye; a trained cooling expert will check for these leaks during an annual air conditioning tune-up if they see that refrigerant levels are low.

If your air conditioner is blowing warm air on the cool setting, check and change your A/C air filter before calling us for service. If that doesn’t fix the problem, a refrigerant recharge may be all you need.

But if you’ve recharged your system several times in recent years, it might be time to consider a high-efficiency A/C upgrade – especially if your current system uses FREON, which is no longer being produced (this is a significant factor to consider when weighing the benefits of repairing vs. replacing your AC system).

Considering an air conditioner installation in Morris, Union, Somerset, and southern Sussex Counties, NJ? Contact us for a FREE estimate!