Wonder why you hear that annoying hissing noise coming from your air conditioner?
If you hear a hissing or bubbling sound, it’s most likely because your AC has a refrigerant leak.
Refrigerant (what many people call Freon, a brand of refrigerant) is an essential part of your AC system; it’s the liquid/gas that actually turns your home’s warm air into cold air.
When your air conditioning system is low on refrigerant, your AC can’t cool your home efficiently and you risk damaging your air conditioner. It’s just like having low oil is bad for your car. So, you’ll want to fix a refrigerant leak ASAP.
In this article, we’ll cover…
Let’s start by looking at other signs your air conditioner has a refrigerant leak:
So, you hear a hissing noise, but what other signs indicate you have a refrigerant leak?
For more detail about each of these signs, read our article “5 Signs Your Air Conditioner Is Low on Refrigerant.”
So, let’s say you notice all or some of these signs. What should you do?
If you think you have a refrigerant leak, you should contact a professional to repair it for you.
Here’s why: Only a certified professional AC contractor has the proper tools to check for leaks and handle refrigerant, which is a toxic substance (in fact, the law prohibits anyone who isn’t certified from handling the stuff).
When you hire a professional AC technician, they should always follow this process:
Sadly, not all AC technicians follow that process for repairing refrigerant leaks. Be aware of this AC refrigerant scam...
The most common refrigerant scam is if a tech tells you you’re low on refrigerant, then promptly refills your system without ever mentioning a leak.
Here’s the problem with that scenario: almost always, you can’t have low refrigerant without having a leak somewhere. And if you’re hearing a hissing sound, you probably have a pretty severe leak.
A fraudulent technician knows that if they constantly refill your refrigerant without addressing the root of the problem (the leak), they’ll be making a lot of money from you in the coming months. Refrigerant is expensive, sometimes as much as $100 per pound (most ACs need 5+ pounds), so you see how that could add up fast.
Here’s the bottom line: If a technician tells you you’re low on refrigerant, always make sure they check for and repair any leaks before they refill your refrigerant.
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