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Common AC Issues: Refrigerant Leaks

We really value our air conditioners in this part of the country. To be blunt, the idea of living here throughout the summer season without an air conditioner may be enough to drive a number of us toward more temperate pastures. That is precisely why it is so important that you are careful to be proactive and to tackle any potential problems with your home cooling system head on. When it comes to air conditioning repairs in Corona, CA, it is best to act quickly.

Now, there are a number of different problems that could negatively affect your air conditioning system and its overall performance. Something as “minor” as placing your thermostat in an area not representative of temperatures throughout your home, for instance, can cause issues. So too could a dirty air filter — though you should be changing that on your own as needed. One of the most serious problems that you may run into with your air conditioner, though, is the refrigerant leak.

What Does Refrigerant Do?

Refrigerant is not a fuel source, and does not act the way that gasoline in your car or oil for a boiler does. It is not consumed, and that means that low levels of refrigerant indicate a leak. It could be that the system was not charged properly to begin with, but that is not a problem you’d ever encounter if we installed your system. Refrigerant is a heat transfer fluid, and it truly is this compound that allows for your air conditioner to cool your home to begin with.

Your air conditioner has two coils. Housed within the indoor unit is the evaporator coil. Outside you’ll find the condenser coil. As refrigerant evaporates in the evaporator coil, it draws heat out of the air surrounding that coil. That warmed refrigerant then travels outside, where it is condensed in the condenser coil. This allows the refrigerant to release its heat into the air outside. This cycle is continued until temperatures in your home hit the target that you’ve set at the thermostat.

Signs of a Refrigerant Leak

If there is not enough refrigerant in your system due to leaks, it is going to have serious consequences for the system and its overall performance. If you don’t do anything about it, you could be looking at a complete compressor failure. Here are some signs to look out for.

  • Ice on the evaporator coil. If the refrigerant in your system is low, then the evaporator coil will get too cold. That can cause condensation on the coil to freeze. This further insulates the coil, exacerbating the issue.
  • Lukewarm air. When there is not enough refrigerant in the system, the air conditioner will struggle to cool the air in your home sufficiently. If the air coming from your ducts is not as cool as it should be, let us know ASAP.
  • Short cycling. This is a phenomenon in which your system will start up and run only briefly before shutting down again, rather than complete a full cooling cycle. The system may be operating at such strain that the compressor starts to overheat, and the system will shut down to protect itself.

If you notice any of these issues, contact Goettl Air Conditioning SoCal right away. 


What Our Customers Say About Us

Stephanie VegaStephanie Vega
17:23 15 Jun 24
Andrew was great and knowledgeable!!
Ferlyn MallariFerlyn Mallari
17:19 15 Jun 24
The company was very quick to respond. They came in the same day and got our AC fixed within an hour! Our tech Matthew Lopez was great at walking us through the whole process. Also had great customer service! Definitely would recommend!!
George RuizGeorge Ruiz
17:14 15 Jun 24
Frank Soto was on time and very professional. I was given a couple of options on how to correct the plumbing issue and the leak was fixed within a couple of hours. Very happy
Kirk MattiodaKirk Mattioda
13:58 15 Jun 24
Nacho, our Tech performed a check on our newly installed HVAC sys. He was courteous, knowledgeable, and approachable. He answered all questions my wife and I had and provided some good tips for system longevity. Good on the Goettl company for hiring Superstars like Nacho!
Monica FernandezMonica Fernandez
17:03 07 Jun 24
Daniel Castillo explained everything throughly and the process of what I needed. He was able to explain in detail why I had been having constant issues and how to best resolve this. Really happy with his service, overall knowledge and ability to help us understand great rep, and customer support when I would call in.
Lee RiesLee Ries
13:05 07 Jun 24
02:41 07 Jun 24
Technician was very good. Answered all my questions and was very patient.
00:39 07 Jun 24
Matthew did an amazing job ! He was very fast and super helpful. I highly recommend getting services through Goettl !
Rebecca GarzaRebecca Garza
16:43 05 Jun 24
Matthew Lopez’s service was top notch!! Quick and very attentive. He was thorough and explained everything that was taking place. I will always refer to Goettle for my AC needs and ask for Matthew!
Enrique SaucedaEnrique Sauceda
16:39 05 Jun 24
Matthew Lopez was our tech and he had the absolute best manners and great work ethic. Clear as could be with issues and repairs, couldn’t ask for a better tech!!!
Melissa AhumadaMelissa Ahumada
01:12 05 Jun 24
Husan “Sam” was knowledgeable, friendly, and extremely helpful when providing our AC maintenance care. He was very thorough in his inspection of our equipment and responded to my questions in a candid and professional manner.
Payton Bolden (Beau)Payton Bolden (Beau)
00:42 05 Jun 24
Goettl has been my choice of A/C and plumbing even before becoming Goettl. Have always gotten excellent service at reasonable prices. They will continue to be my “go to” guys.
Yvette DowdyYvette Dowdy
00:37 05 Jun 24
Very nice and prompt, found the problem.
greg turnergreg turner
17:44 28 May 24
Great service. Miguel B did a great job and took the time to discuss everything with me.
Jason JohnsonJason Johnson
15:56 28 May 24
Amy HallAmy Hall
15:46 28 May 24
Absolutely fantastic! Our AC unit went out unexpectedly. We called Goettl and they were here so quickly. The technician immediately knew what was wrong, didn’t try to upsell sell on anything and fixed the problem within a few minutes. Will absolutely call them again. I was super impressed by the responsiveness and professionalism of Josue.
William ColemanWilliam Coleman
15:29 28 May 24
Jehad was awesome! Fast and found the problem right awesome. I appreciate the service.
Tyler BoydTyler Boyd
15:19 28 May 24
Came home from work to an 85 degree house and a broken AC. Called at 0800 and they sent Matt Lopez out by 0915. He quickly diagnosed the issue and gave me the news that no one wants to hear, it needed replaced. He was extremely professional and kind with this news and assured me that we could figure this out. He called Tony Vizzone who helped get together estimates and drop the price to something that I was able to afford. Matt and Tony made this awful experience bearable and I can’t thank them enough for all that they have done for myself and the community. I’m a customer for life now!
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