We’ll start by explaining what coolant is. Coolant is a chemical substance that we refer to as refrigerant, and it’s what actually makes the cooling process possible. Refrigerant allows your air conditioner to draw heat out of your home, and then put it through a cooling process through the compression and evaporation of the fluid.
You shouldn’t lose refrigerant charge (level) over time. It’s not like gasoline from a car–it doesn’t run out. If you are losing any, it means you have a leak! But how do you know if this is the case? For starters you can watch for these signs:
- Your energy bills rose dramatically when you started using yoru AC system.
- You’ve noticed lukewarm air coming from the vents.
- There’s ice or frost development on your air conditioner.
- Your air conditioner is hissing or bubbling.
Read on as we dive into these one by one–what they mean for your system and what we can help you do about it!