What does it mean if your air conditioner is leaking?
Leaks are one of the most common repairs that you’ll encounter when owning an air conditioning system.
How serious a leak might be all depends on the type of leak that your air conditioner has. Some air conditioners have a dehumidification process that can create condensation in or around the unit, but that is not a leak and not a serious problem.
The two different types of leaks that you should be worried about are refrigerant or water:
Refrigerant Leak: Refrigerant is the most important part of your air conditioning system. It’s the medium that absorbs heat from the air entering the system and is then pushed out after being cooled.
There really isn’t an easy way to know if your unit has a leak, but if you do notice your system is producing less cool air than normal you should contact your heating and cooling company right away. A licenced mechanic will be able to perform a diagnostic on your unit to determine if your unit may have a leak. There are many factors that can take place due to lake of cool air.
Most manufacturers have specifications for what the charge (amount) of the refrigerant should be. If your system is undercharged or overcharged it will not be working at its highest efficiency and could be more vulnerable to damage. Also, that’s why simply refilling your system’s refrigerant is not an adequate repair for a leak. In Canada it is regulated by law on how to deal with an a/c that may have a potential leak. By law you are not allowed to just refill your unit. This is strictly prohibited by the ministry of environment due to the harm it can cause.
You should call an A1 technician immediately to first preform a leak test, then repair the leak or replace the refrigerant system all together.
Water Leak: Water leaks can occur for a multitude of reasons. However, water leaks are usually only a concern when the water begins to pool around your system.
The water itself isn’t the problem, as it is likely still from the condensation that forms in the dehumidification process. If the water is pooling, it could be the result of a problem with a separate part. It could also be the result of a broken condensate pump, a blocked drain line, installation issues, a frozen evaporator coil or an air leakage.
To decipher which of these issues it is that’s causing the water leak in your system, call your A1 service technician.
When you look at both of these issues, one is much more serious than the other. Leaking refrigerant is an issue that can lead to serious damage within your air conditioning system., which should be addressed, but something that can lead to a broken part of the system is much more serious.
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