Note: The word “Freon” is often used interchangeably with the word “refrigerant.” Technically, Freon is being phased out as it is linked to ozone depletion. If your air conditioning system still uses Freon, contact your local HVAC service provider.
Your air conditioning system is the MVP of your South Florida home — but it’s not immune to malfunctions. One of the most common issues HVAC systems encounter is a Freon leak. Freon, also known as refrigerant, is bad news since exposure can cause health issues. That’s why it’s important to know the symptoms of a Freon leak and what to do next.
What Is Freon?
Freon or refrigerant is a gas within your air conditioning system. An air conditioning system works to compress Freon, making it hot. The hot gas moves through the coils and cools into a liquid. Once a liquid, it absorbs the heat from the outside air and pushes cold air into your home. This cycle continues throughout the day to cool your home.
Symptoms of a Freon Leak
Most homeowners realize something is wrong with their HVAC system because their home isn’t as cool as it usually is. In some cases, this might be due to a Freon leak. If you suspect this might be happening to you, look for these signs.
1. Low Airflow
When your air conditioning system is low on Freon or refrigerant, it won’t produce enough cool air to keep your home comfortable. You may notice there is little to no airflow when you put your hand next to the air vents.
2. AC Blowing Warm Air
Is your air conditioner blowing warm air? Or did you notice the air coming from the air vents in your home is significantly less cool than usual? Without enough Freon, the air inside of your air conditioning system won’t be cooled efficiently so you may notice a significant difference in the air coming from the air vents.
3. Ice Build-Up on the Evaporator Coil
One of the telltale signs of a Freon leak is if your AC is freezing up. This occurs because without enough Freon, the evaporator coils can’t absorb enough heat. As a result, they can freeze over from condensation build-up.
4. Higher Electric Bills
If you’ve noticed your electric bills are inexplicably higher than normal and you’re experiencing some of the symptoms above, a Freon leak could be to blame. When your system is losing Freon, it has to work harder to cool your home. When your system works harder, it uses more energy.
It’s important to note that Freon or refrigerant exposure can be harmful to humans and pets. If you experience dizziness, nausea, or trouble breathing, seek medical help.
What To Do If You Think You Have a Freon Leak
Exposure to Freon or refrigerant can be dangerous, so if you suspect a leak, contact a professional HVAC service provider right away. At Sansone, your family’s safety is our first priority. We provide emergency service to homeowners in the South Florida area and can inspect your system right away. If you have concerns about refrigerant or other HVAC questions, don’t hesitate to contact us.
Broward: (954) 800-2858
Palm Beach: (561) 701-8274
St. Lucie: (772) 879-5656