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June 30, 2021

Do You Have a Leak in Your Air Conditioning? Mandurah Expert Advice

Author: Lance Wiggers

When they think about air conditioning, Mandurah residents should be aware that they need to keep an eye on their cooling performance. This is a great habit to develop for the end of each cooling season to assess any possible problems that may have been missed.  This will help the air conditioner user to detect some common issues with your system. For example, do you have a leak in your air conditioning that you didn’t know existed?

Let’s examine this issue in more detail so that you can troubleshoot your own AC system.


How Does a Refrigerant Leak Happen?

There are many aspects to air conditioning, and we’ll run through some basic concepts covered here. Firstly, it’s important to understand that there is a circulatory system inside your air conditioning. The heat in your home is removed, and this is facilitated by the refrigerant inside the air conditioning.

The refrigerant is kept under constant high pressure, but the lines that carry it can degrade over time and this how the lines can spring a leak. Then the refrigerant levels will need to be topped up or recharged to restore the cooling performance. If the refrigerant leak is minor, this can be a simple recharging task and if the leak is more extensive a repair may be required.

How Can You Identify a Refrigerant Leak?

One of the first things that many people notice is a loss of indoor cooling performance. This can be quite sudden; you may notice that the AC system cannot keep up with the cooling requirements during the hottest parts of the day.

An air conditioning system is also used to remove moisture from the air to make the home less humid. This dehumidifying functionality will also be compromised by a lack of refrigerant in the system. So, you may notice that the indoor air quality feels more humid and there may even be some accompanying mould growth.

When the air conditioner lacks refrigerant, you will notice that your power bill increases significantly. This is caused by an inefficient and longer cooling cycle that will cost you more money for less cooling performance. This indicator is not noticeable for at least a month until the next energy bill arrives. If you don’t keep an eye on your bills, this can catch you by surprise. It’s a good idea to examine your electricity usage to find out how to save money on your power bill.

If you suspect that you have a problem, check the external compressor unit. Remove the cover and take a look inside and you may see some ice or freezing on the pipes. This is a sure sign that the refrigerant levels are too low and you need to get in touch with iBreeze to check the system.

The Importance of Regular Servicing

An annual air conditioning service carried out before each cooling season is a great way to ensure that your system is working correctly. A comprehensive service includes an examination of the refrigerant levels and a recharge. This will help you to maintain the cooling performance and reduce your energy bills at the same time.

If you need any further assistance with your ducted air conditioner maintenance please call us on 95349491 or email us at – admin@ibreeze.com.au

Lance Wiggers
Lance Wiggers is the founder and managing director of iBreeze, having started the company back in 2016. His expertise spreads across air conditioning services, solar power and wood heating to provide customers with a more comfortable living or working space. Lance's tailored approach means he always chooses the solution best for your specific situation. You might have the pleasure of dealing with Lance as your first point of contact when you enquire with the iBreeze team!
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