During the hot Houston, Texas, summers, your air conditioner needs to work at its best. When your system is low on refrigerant, your AC will have trouble cooling your home and will drive up your utility bills. Make sure to watch out for signs of low refrigerant.
The Purpose of Refrigerant
Refrigerant is contained in copper coils in your air conditioner. To simplify a complicated process, the refrigerant absorbs warm air and turns it into cold air before blowing it back into your home. Your air conditioner cannot work to cool the air without refrigerant.
Signs Your Refrigerant Is Low
Although some of these signs could indicate various problems with your HVAC system, these signs most often signify low refrigerant. If your air conditioner takes a long time to cool your home or is blowing lukewarm air out of your vents, it could be your refrigerant. Other signs include:
- An increase in your electric bills
- Ice buildup on the refrigerant line
- A hissing noise coming from your air conditioner
If you’ve invested in annual maintenance, your refrigerant should only be low if there is a leak in your system.
Your Next Steps
If you aren’t getting annual maintenance on your HVAC system, then you should start investing in routine maintenance visits. Maintenance appointments will allow a contractor to inspect your unit and diagnose problems like low refrigerant before they have a chance to escalate. If you have concerns about low refrigerant, schedule an appointment with a contractor right away. It’s a quick and easy fix for an expert.
If you have concerns about your HVAC system or you think your air conditioner is low on refrigerant, we are the people to call. Contact Davis AC at 888-710-5530 to set up an appointment today.
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