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How to Handle and Prevent Air Conditioner Leaks

Leakage in your air conditioning unit can be a real headache, especially when the mercury starts to climb. If you’ve found yourself with an underperforming AC unit that’s blowing warm air, leaking water, or has suddenly caused a steep incline in your energy bills, it may be time to schedule a service appointment to check for possible refrigerant issues. This could potentially lead to conducting a leak test to diagnose the problem.

A leak test isn’t just for when things go awry. Regular, annual refrigerant pressure tests are a crucial part of your AC unit’s maintenance routine. They help ensure optimal performance and can save you from costly repairs or replacements down the line.

The refrigerant in your AC unit is its lifeblood. It circulates between the outdoor condenser coil, indoor evaporator coil, and interconnecting pipes. A low refrigerant level is a red flag signaling a leak in the system. In Canada, it’s illegal to simply top up the refrigerant without addressing the leak. So, identifying and repairing the leak is critical before recharging the refrigerant. If not, your AC will eventually stop working again.

When a certified technician identifies a leak, they will provide a repair quote, which will depend on the location of the leak. While leaks in valves or pipes are generally less expensive to fix, evaporator coil leaks can be quite costly and may necessitate a replacement. If your air conditioner is over ten years old, it might be more cost-effective in the long run to replace the entire unit with a new, energy-efficient model.

Air conditioner leaks can disrupt your day, often happening unexpectedly. However, regular maintenance can be your saving grace. Just as a marathon runner performs best when not weighed down, your AC unit operates efficiently when it’s clean and well-maintained.

Now imagine it’s the middle of summer. You’re comfortably lounging in your home, escaping the oppressive heat outside. All of a sudden, your air conditioner starts leaking, turning your cool haven into a sweaty nightmare. While we can’t make your air conditioner invincible, we can offer you A1’s SuperCare Protection Plan. This comprehensive coverage eliminates the stress of unexpected repair costs, covering the cost of a leak test and repair. You can restore your cool, comfortable home without blowing your budget. Now, how’s that for peace of mind?

If you would like more information on cooling maintenance or to get a no-cost, no-obligation quote, give us a call at 647-494-4978.
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