Guide to AC Refrigerant Leak Problems

One type of problem that we deal with regularly is refrigerant leaks. Air conditioners are not supposed to leak refrigerants, and it is just one of the problems that can cause other types of issues in your HVAC system. If you notice that your AC is not cooling like it used to, then you may have a refrigerant leak. If you notice that your energy bills are very high, then you could have a refrigerant leak.

Now, it is time to talk about what can cause a refrigerant leak and how you can notice them. Remember, calling ExpertAir for all of your HVAC repairs earlier means that you are avoiding higher energy bills and more problems because of the refrigerant leak. You can keep cool and save money by sticking to this guide.

How Refrigerant Leaks Happen

A refrigerant leak does not magically happen. If you think about it, the compressor will keep your refrigerant at high pressures in your AC lines. Similar to other high-pressure pipes, after a long time, they can deal with wear and tear and rupture. Just because your AC ends up with a refrigerant leak does not mean that the AC is bad. It just means that it is going to work much harder and will need to be properly fixed. You can try to pinpoint if your AC is dealing with a refrigerant leak by following this guide.


Air conditioners that have less refrigerant and are running will have issues being efficient, unlike an AC that does not have a leak. You may notice that your AC will start using more energy to run through a normal cycle, and you may notice that less cool air is in your home while your energy bills are going up. That means that your energy bill will be extremely high. You can look at your energy bills to see if you have noticed a trend. If you have, then it is best that you address the issue, and we can get your AC to the levels of efficiency that it deserves.

Bubbling and Hissing

Because refrigerant is kept as a high-pressure liquid and gas at certain stages and areas in your AC, it can make noises whenever it starts to leak. The hissing sounds are the gas escaping from your refrigerant lines. Bubbling may be heard whenever air bubbles enter into the refrigerant lines that are normally filled with liquid refrigerant. Either way, hearing these sounds is bad news, and you will need to have your AC repaired as soon as possible.

Lukewarm Air

If you come home after a long day at work and turn your AC on, then you should be able to feel the difference. If an hour passes and your AC only is pushing out lukewarm air, then you may have a refrigerant leak. When the refrigerant leaks from your AC, it will be very hard for your unit to do its job. Your AC may never reach the temperatures that are set on your thermostat, and if that is the case, then you will need to have it repaired.

Contact Expert Air Cooling and Heating today to have your refrigerant leak repaired!

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