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Man checking car air conditioning system refrigerant rechargeA refrigerant leak can stand in your way of making your home comfortable and could send your energy bills through the roof. Often, your HVAC tech can spot problems that can cause refrigerant leaks during your seasonal AC inspection, which is just one more reason why maintenance is so important. If you notice any of these signs when you’re using your AC, a refrigerant leak could be to blame.

Your AC’s cooling cycles are longer than normal.

A common sign that your AC is leaking refrigerant is that your cooling cycles are longer than normal. These longer cycles happen as your AC tries to maintain the temperature at which you’ve set your thermostat with lower levels of refrigerant than necessary. Pay attention to your AC as it clicks and on and off. Does it seem like it is running more often than normal or that the cycles seem to be never-ending? If so, it could be time for an AC checkup.

Your energy bills are higher.

With your AC running longer than normal, it is not surprising that your energy bills will increase. Any time your energy bills spike without a clear cause, it usually means that something in your home is not working efficiently. A refrigerant leak can dramatically reduce the efficiency of your AC, causing it to use more energy and make your bills go up.

Your evaporator coils are covered in ice.

If you have a refrigerant leak, your outside AC unit may have the clearest indicator. Leaking refrigerant will cause ice to build upon the evaporator lines. The ice will remain even if the weather is warm. Your HVAC repair team should always inspect ice on your evaporator coils to determine the cause.

If you suspect you have a refrigerant leak, call Triple T Heating and Cooling for repairs. We offer a range of HVAC services in Spanish Fork and St. George, from seasonal maintenance to repairs and installations. Make an HVAC repair appointment by calling 801-798-7711.

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