When you turn on your air conditioning system and it starts to cool your home one of the main reasons that it is able to accomplish that is because of the use of a refrigerant. We wanted to explain a little bit about how AC systems work and what can happen if your system has low refrigerant. Give us a call here at Command A/C if you need any kind of air conditioning repair services in Long Beach, CA.
How Air Conditioners Work
If you have a central air conditioning system then you likely have a “split” system which means that you have an indoor evaporator unit and a separate outdoor condensing unit. The evaporator is so-called because it contains the evaporator coils. Likewise, the condensing unit is called that because it contains the condensing coils.
These series of coils contain a compressed refrigerant. The evaporator coils get very cold and a fan in your home pulls in warm air from your home, passes it over the evaporator coils so that the refrigerant inside can absorb the heat from the air. The newly-cooled air is then pushed through your ductwork and into your home. The heated refrigerant is then circulated to the outdoor condensing coils where another fan blows outside air over the coils to exhaust the heat from the refrigerant.
You can see that if there isn’t enough refrigerant then your system could run into some serious problems. Here are a few of those problems:
- Not enough cooling – If your AC system doesn’t have enough refrigerant then it won’t be able to absorb enough heat from your home. This will likely result in your home not getting cool enough.
- Inefficiency – If there isn’t enough refrigerant in your home then your AC system will have to work harder to work with the amount that it has which will reduce its efficiency. If you notice that your energy bills are increasing even though you aren’t running your AC any more, it could be that you have low refrigerant.
- Icing – Another common sign that you have low refrigerant is if your AC is icing up. You will likely notice it around the evaporator coils in the indoor unit.
- Gurgling – If you hear your AC system producing a gurgling noise it could be that you have low refrigerant and the air bubbles in the lines are making that noise.
For any and all your air conditioning repair needs, contact the Long Beach, CA air conditioning professionals at Command A/C.