Four Ways to Tell If Your Unit is Low on Refrigerant/Freon

Four Ways to Tell If Your Unit is Low on Refrigerant/Freon

Refrigerant or Freon is the backbone of your air conditioner and your A/C cannot run properly without it. Having a low amount of Freon in your A/C causes it to not be as effective as it should be when it comes to cooling your home during the hot summer days, and can cause long-term damage to your unit. Not knowing when your Freon is low can be the tricky part. At Biggs HVAC we recommend having an annual maintenance check by one of our top technicians to make sure your unit is running properly as it should, but waiting a year may be a little too long for your unit if your Freon is already low. Here are four ways you can tell if your Freon is low.

It’s Taking Forever for your Home to Cool Off

Freon is important because it takes the heat from inside your home and dumps it outside. If your air conditioner is low on the refrigerant it cannot perform the way it should which in turn will cause your A/C to take a longer time than it should to cool off your home. This leads to your home being very warm and uncomfortable to live in.

High Energy Cost

Since your home is taking a long time to cool off you will run your air conditioner a little longer than usual hoping to get that brisk breeze circulating throughout the house, this causes a high energy bill. Stop giving yourself a headache each month with the high cost and call us to refill your Freon today!

Warm Air Coming Out of the Vents

If your refrigerant is really low your air conditioner will stop performing completely and will just blow out warm air, again making your home very uncomfortable to live in.

Hearing a Whistling Noise

Sometimes your unit may be low on Freon because of a leak in your unit. If this is the case you may hear a whistling or bubbling noise from the Freon escaping. If this is the case, don’t hesitate and call us immediately for a diagnostic check!