In order for your air conditioner for work, it goes through a heat exchange process where it absorbs heat from inside your house using the evaporator coil. This part of the unit lowers the interior temperature. The heat has to be released somewhere and the outdoor condenser looks after making sure that it is directed to the outside. The process will not work unless the air conditioner can absorb and release the heat as it cycles through the system. The refrigerant performs this role, and it moves from a liquid state to a gas as it does so. Leaking air conditioner refrigerant is a situation you want to have dealt with promptly, since it can cause problems in your unit.
Problems Caused by Leaking Air Conditioner Refrigerant
Poor Cooling from Air Conditioner
If the refrigerant is undercharged, the balance of heat exchange in the air conditioner will be disrupted. At this lower level, the refrigerant will not be able to absorb the same amount of heat from the indoors as it normally does, and your air conditioner will not heat your home as efficiently.
If the compressor does not get enough air conditioner refrigerant, it will have to work harder. It will overheat, which will eventually cause the compressor to burn out and fail. The burnt out compressor will need to be replaced, which will be expensive, and you may need to look at replacing the entire unit.
A drop in cooling power or a hissing sound from the cabinet may indicate a leaking air conditioner. Call Air Depot to arrange a service call if you notice either of these signs; they indicate a problem with your air conditioning unit. Let our trained technicians inspect your unit to diagnose the problem.