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Does My Air Conditioner Need a Leaking Coil Replaced?

There are a number of different problems that you may encounter with the air conditioning system that you rely upon in order to keep your home cool and comfortable. Investing in a good system from a trusted manufacturer and scheduling routine air conditioning maintenance will help you to keep the risk of repair needs to a minimum. Ultimately, though, there is no way in which you can hope for any air conditioner to operate 100% reliably. One of the most distressing of all problems that you may encounter with your air conditioning system is a leaking coil. You will learn a bit about how to spot a leaking coil, and what that may mean for your system, below.

Evaporator and Condenser Coils

There are two coils that perform integral functions in your air conditioning system. These are the evaporator coil, which is located within your home in the air handler unit, and the condenser coil, located in the outdoor condenser unit. Either of these coils may develop leaks, though the state of refrigerant in the evaporator coil makes this the more common point of problems. It is the evaporator coil in which refrigerant evaporates, absorbing heat from the air passing over it in order to cool it down. The refrigerant is condensed back to a liquid form at the condenser coil outside, as heat is dispersed into the air.

Refrigerant leaks may develop at any point in the system through which the refrigerant passes. This problem may develop for any number of reasons, including manufacturing flaws, poor welding, and accidental damage to the coils. Whatever the cause of the problem, it can be very costly to replace the coil. That being said, a good technician may be able to seal the refrigerant leak for you. Pinpointing the source of the leak may be time-consuming, but it may also save you a substantial amount of money compared to the cost of investing in a replacement coil.

If you see ice on your indoor air conditioning coil, or if your system is struggling to cool your home effectively, you may have a leak in a coil. You cannot afford to ignore this problem. Unresolved refrigerant leaks can lead to serious damages, or even the complete and irreversible failure of your air conditioner.

Contact Fort Collins Heating & Air Conditioning if you have any reason to suspect a leak anywhere in your AC. We serve Loveland, CO.

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