Refrigerant (sometimes referred to by the brand name Freon) is an important part of your home air conditioning system. So if your refrigerant is low or improperly charged, it can have a big impact on your comfort and electric bills.

While you won't be able to tell every time there's a leak (that's what regular A/C maintenance is for), here are 3 signs you're missing enough refrigerant for it to matter.

Higher electric bills

If your air conditioner is low on refrigerant or the refrigerant is improperly charged, your air conditioning system will have to work harder. This translates to higher electric bills for you.

Check your electricity usage and compare it to past years and past months. Of course, there could be other reasons your bills have gone up (like rate increases). But keeping an eye on your overall electric usage is important because it can help you spot problems (like low refrigerant) before they get bigger.

If you notice a spike in your energy bills and think your air conditioner is the culprit, call us and we'll take a look to see if low refrigerant (or something else) is the problem.

Home comfort problems

Does your home take forever to cool off in the summer? Does the air blowing out of the vents seem warm? The problem could be low or improperly charged refrigerant in your air conditioner.

Without the proper amount of refrigerant, your air conditioner isn't able to remove as much heat from your home's air as it normally would. This can make your home very uncomfortable.

This problem could also be caused by something else, but you should have a professional air conditioning repair company take a look so they can identify the problem and you can enjoy the cool air in your home again.

Ice on the outside unit

We won't go into a lot of detail here since we've already talked about how low refrigerant in your home's air conditioner can cause ice to form. But just know this - ice shouldn't be forming on your air conditioner in the summer. So if it is, get it fixed.

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