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Signs Your Air Conditioner Needs More Refrigerant

Refrigerant, often referred to by its commercial name, Freon, is an essential part of your air conditioning system. If your refrigerant is low or improperly charged, it will have a huge effect on your comfort, and your wallet. It’s not always obvious when there could be a problem, but there are some signs that may point to a leak or other issue with your refrigerant.

  • Electric Bills That Are Higher Than Usual - If your AC is low on refrigerant or the refrigerant is not properly charged, your air conditioning system will have to work harder. This means higher energy bills. And although higher electric bills don’t automatically point to a Freon specific problem, it’s good to keep an eye on overall electric usage and compare to previous months/years to spot problems before they get out of hand.
  • Ice on the Outside Unit - Low refrigerant in your air conditioner can cause ice to form on the outside Ac unit. Ice definitely shouldn’t be forming on your air conditioner in the summer.
  • Inefficiency and Lack of Home Comfort - Does your home take forever to cool off in the summer, or does the air blowing out of the vents seem warm? Without the proper amount of refrigerant, your air conditioner is unable to remove as much heat from your home’s air as it normally would. This could also be a cause of another issue with your air conditioning system so it’s best to get a professional opinion right away. Waiting can cause bigger, more costly repairs.

If you suspect that your refrigerant is low or improperly charged, call AC Express today at 512-745-6516. Also, ask about our Preventative Maintenance program that can help keep your home air conditioning and heating systems regularly maintained in order to prevent most problems before they even happen.

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