Whether you own a ducted or ductless AC in Bethlehem, PA, you should know how critical the refrigerant is to it. Refrigerant is the chemical that absorbs heat from your home and releases it outside, and every AC has a specific refrigerant level. If your AC’s refrigerant level is low, your AC may malfunction and give you these warning signs.

Ice on the Refrigerant Line

The less refrigerant that’s going through your piping, the lower the pressure and the lower the temperature. The moisture on the piping, then, will turn into ice. Ice may point to something apart from low refrigerant levels, so have a professional inspect its cause.

Bubbling or Hissing Sounds

You may ask yourself why your system would be low on refrigerant in the first place. The most likely answer is that the pipes, because of age-related erosion of the metal, are leaking somewhere.

When the pipes leak, they often make a bubbling or hissing sound. Take note of such sounds and call a technician right away because you don’t want to inhale refrigerant, which is toxic.

Long AC Cycles, Lukewarm Air

A lack of refrigerant means a lack of cool air coming into your home. And since the AC won’t reach your set point that way, it will cycle for longer than the expected 10 to 15 minutes. Again, this may point to another issue requiring a repair, so make sure to get a professional opinion.

Hire Our NATE-Certified Technicians

Sullivan Oil & Propane can set you up for a maintenance plan to help prevent leaks and other major issues, so contact us today for an appointment in Bethlehem. We’re a Carrier Factory Authorized Dealer, but we don’t limit ourselves to that brand. Our technicians undergo continual training to stay up to date on HVAC technology, and they welcome repairs on all makes and models.

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