How to Know if Your Air Conditioner has Leaking Coils

air conditioner repairman, Gagne AC Maintenance blog

When it comes to the heat and humidity in the South, it is vital that your air conditioner run in tip-top shape if you and your family wish to stay cool and comfortable inside!

Many problems can occur with your AC system, and fortunately the expert Gagne air conditioning technicians can accurately and efficiently troubleshoot problems. However, there are some problems that you can learn to identify before you even have to call us.

One of the most infuriating problems with an AC system is leaking coils. There are two main coils in a system. One is the condenser coil, which is located in the outside condensing unit. The second is the evaporator coil, which is located in your home in the air handler unit. Each of these coils is subject to developing a leak, but the evaporator coil is the more common problem.

If your system seems to be struggling in keeping your home cool, check to see if you detect ice developing on the indoor coil. If so, you can’t afford to ignore this issue.

Refrigerant leaks that are not fixed promptly can risk completely ruining your air conditioning system. 

The evaporator coil circulates refrigerant vapor. This coil is where the refrigerant evaporates and heat is absorbed from the air passing over it in order to cool it down. The refrigerant is condensed back to liquid at the outside condenser coil as heat is dispersed into the air.

A refrigerant leak can occur at any time and for a variety of reasons including poor welding, manufacturing flaws, and accidental coil damages. It can be extremely costly to replace a coil, so a qualified technician from Gagne may actually be able to repair the coil for a much cheaper price.

To learn more about how to detect other common air conditioner problems, read this article in our blog.