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Does Your Fujitsu Air Conditioning Have a Refrigerant Leak?

Fujitsu air conditioning is excellent equipment to maintain your indoor comfort. However, any AC system can have issues from time to time, and this is especially true after a new installation. As we reach the end of the cooling season, it’s a great time to get a new system or assess the performance of an existing system. This will help you to detect any issues and get them fixed now. One of the most common AC problems that we see at any time of the year is a refrigerant leak.

Why is Air Conditioner Refrigerant Important?

The refrigerant in your AC system is kept under high pressure as it circulates through your home. It absorbs heat in your home and then moves it outside where it dissipates. The lines that carry the refrigerant can degrade gradually over time and eventually the system will spring a leak. The loss of refrigerant and pressure in the line will degrade the performance of the air conditioning and make it less efficient. Once a refrigerant leak has been identified it needs to be located and repaired by an HVAC technician. This can be a simple or more expensive repair depending on the extent of the leak and once it’s repaired the AC system can be recharged with refrigerant.

4 Common Refrigerant Leak Warning Signs

There are four common refrigerant warning signs that anyone can detect without special training or equipment.

  1. Poor Cooling Performance

If your existing AC system suddenly starts to struggle during the hottest periods of the day a refrigerant leak is a common cause. If you have a new AC system and it cannot cool your home down 4-5 hours after being turned on, there could be a refrigerant leak.

  1. Lengthy Cooling Cycles

This can be hard to spot, but if you notice that your AC system is always lagging a few degrees behind the thermostat setting, you may have a refrigerant leak. You may still hear air moving in your vents, but the cooling cycles may be longer than normal.





  1. High Indoor Humidity

A modern AC system is designed to cool your air and dehumidify at the same time. When there is a refrigerant leak in the system that dehumidifying ability is also compromised. You may notice that your home feels clammy or damp if the humidity level is higher than usual.

  1. Ice in the Compressor

If you check your external compressor and find ice on the evaporator coils, you probably have a refrigerant leak. Many people believe that the AC system cools their home by refrigerating the air and they think that ice is normal. This is incorrect; if you notice ice in your compressor, it’s time to call Mouritz for expert help.

An annual air conditioning service will include a pressure test to detect any leaks in your AC system. If a leak is caught earlier, it may be easier and less expensive to fix. If you need a Fujitsu air conditioning service get in touch with Mouritz for a no obligation quote today.

Jeff Mouritz Gas & Air Conditioning Perth
Jeff Mouritz
1300 369 690
11 Yampi Way, Willetton WA 6155
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