The major signs of an HVAC leak are less obvious than you think. HVAC systems use a coolant called Freon. If you notice your HVAC leaking, do not attempt to clean it yourself.
Freon: The Hidden Danger
Freon is incredibly toxic to people and animals (even if you only touch it). Instead, call your local heating and cooling professionals like ACME HVAC, as we have the right expertise and tools required to safely and quickly clean up leaks and make repairs.
HVAC leaks tend to start small and be virtually impossible to detect at first. Sometimes, Freon will leak and seep through the house for a year or two before a homeowner realizes it. That is why having HVAC maintenance performed at least one or twice a year is so crucial.
Our experts will be able to notice leaks before most homeowners.
Here are some of the biggest warning signs pointing to an HVAC leak that many homeowners can notice themselves:
1. Freon Levels are Low
The Freon levels for your HVAC need to be at 100%. It is not like your car’s gas tank, where it’s okay to have it less than full for it to run smoothly.
If your A/C system is missing any Freon at all, there is clearly a problem and your air conditioning is not working right. It’s actually quite fortunate that Freon levels must be full because any drop in the levels makes it faster to spot an issue.
2. Pipes are Icy
Be sure to keep your awareness high during the colder winter months. Periodically check your pipes outside. Do you notice ice on your evaporator coil? If you do, Freon could be leaking.
However, that isn’t always the case. You could simply have air vents that are blocked. Still, the issue needs to be addressed one way or another. Both problems will either cost you money on your energy bill at best, and endanger your family at worst.
3. Your A/C Is Under-performing
While your A/C system won’t completely shut off if you have a small Freon leak, it will perform at sub-par levels. Your A/C could get worse over a long, slow period of time so you might not even notice. However, if you think your unit is not doing the proper job, you should call the pros just to be safe.
4. HVAC Leaking Dark Spots
A trained HVAC expert can notice feint dark spots consisting of residue from a leak. For instance, R22 systems in particular use oil mixed in with the Freon. If this model leaks, it leaves a grease spot behind. While most homeowners wouldn’t even notice this sign of their HVAC leaking, it’s an instant giveaway to a trained technician.
Obviously, the key to preventing and addressing leaks is to have periodic maintenance checks done. When your HVAC unit doesn’t do the job it’s supposed to do, it becomes a bad investment and creates a potentially dangerous situation. Whether you just haven’t had an inspection done recently or you think your HVAC system might be leaking Freon, it’s better to be safe than sorry.
Call our knowledgeable professionals at ACME HVAC for your inspection today.