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4 Dangers of Using an AC System Low on Refrigerant

AC System With Low Refrigerant

As hot weather approaches in Shorter, AL, you’ll use your air conditioner more often to cool your home. To keep your AC system operating properly, you need to make sure it has enough refrigerant. Read on to learn about four dangers of running an AC system low on refrigerant.

Less Cooling Power

Coolant in an air conditioner is like gas in a car. Your AC system has a limited amount of coolant. When the coolant levels are low, it prevents your AC system from cooling spaces effectively.

If you don’t resolve this issue, the AC coils can freeze, resulting in higher energy bills and astronomical repair costs. Low refrigerant levels can also burn out the AC system.

Air Conditioner Running Continuously

Since low refrigerant levels exert less than satisfactory cooling power, your air conditioner will run continuously to make up for the deficit. If left unchecked, this issue can evolve and develop more serious issues, such as deterioration and damage to the components.

Compressor Failure

Low refrigerant can make the compressor to burn out, which can cause a tripped circuit breaker and weak airflow. When the compressor fails, your AC system can overheat and cause a fire. A compressor failure is another problem that can cause your energy bills to skyrocket.

Icy Coils

The AC coils are essential to keep the air cool. Without sufficient refrigerant, the coils can develop a thin layer of ice that weakens the AC system and can potentially damage it. Icy coils can also affect the air conditioner’s filter and reduce your home’s indoor air quality.

Signs of Low AC Refrigerant

The most common signs of low refrigerant in an AC system include:

  • Frozen evaporator coil.
  • Compressor not turning on.
  • Hissing noises coming from the AC system.
  • Compressor with a low amp draw.
  • Warm air blowing from the vents.
  • Frozen refrigerant suction line.

Contact Air Conditioning by Luquire for a preventive maintenance plan to identify minor issues before they evolve into major problems. No job is too big or too small. We’re always here to help.

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