Goettl Air conditioning unit

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

Lynnie MichelleLynnie Michelle
17:38 01 Mar 24
Great service from Rudy and Chris
Chris SummerlinChris Summerlin
02:58 01 Mar 24
Peter was very professional and caring throughout the inspection.
Miguel BedollaMiguel Bedolla
00:53 01 Mar 24
Mr. Farias taught me a lot about the water system in my house and prepared the ground for Mr. Dado to come and fix everything. He was always very honest and delightful. I actually enjoyed his visit.
Wyatt M.Wyatt M.
23:39 29 Feb 24
First rate service, Josh was a perfect professional and worked his tail off.
Michelle WoodallMichelle Woodall
23:37 29 Feb 24
My technician Jorge (George) Gutierrez was out today performing the a/c system check. He did a fabulous job and identified significant issues and concerns for the longevity of my current 12 year old system. He was very knowledgeable and helpful on what my options are and in the end I’ll be getting a new system instead of worrying about the current system failing in our extremely hot temperatures. He was very respectful of my home and my dog was ecstatic to meet him.
Linda LuduenaLinda Luduena
17:35 28 Feb 24
Frank identified the need for new faucets in the master bath and discussed my preferences. The type of faucet being replaced is no longer available (mini wide spread) so he had to do some research to come up with a solution. Had to be ordered, not surprisingly, and we appreciate his conscientious performance.
Nicole DrummNicole Drumm
17:31 28 Feb 24
Jehad was polite and respectful in my home. He completed the job timely and professionally. Highly recommend.
Paul FrenchPaul French
15:37 28 Feb 24
Jehad did a great job with the AC tune-up, and it was all free due to my past services with them!
Calvin ThompsonCalvin Thompson
03:13 28 Feb 24
This was my first service with this company and it was a pleasant one. The technicians were professional and polite and quickly resolved a minor scheduling conflict. Interaction with a sales manager for a quote on needed equipment was equally pleasant.
Darren HarvickDarren Harvick
17:12 19 Feb 24
Nacho, Mike, and Ernesto did a wonderful job on our unit. Professional and courteous!
Christopher SmartChristopher Smart
16:23 19 Feb 24
Peter came out to check over our system. He was very thorough and knowledgeable. Would highly recommend.
Juan CalderonJuan Calderon
00:35 19 Feb 24
Billy was attentive, knowledgeable and friendly. He was awesome!
Christopher GonzalezChristopher Gonzalez
00:23 19 Feb 24
Roy Adame did my AC furnace tune up that is part of my Goettl Sadie membership. He did a great job in explaining what he was doing and checking for. He gave me his expertise recommendation and advice on what to do to have my AC furnace and compressor running better, smoother, and to give off better quality air flow throughout my house. Thank You Roy !
Melinda MoralesMelinda Morales
00:07 19 Feb 24
Joseph was very friendly and professional. He did an awesome job installing our bathroom faucet.
Jessica TurnerJessica Turner
16:59 11 Feb 24
Plumber Joshua Lopez was AWESOME!
Paul RenobatoPaul Renobato
16:18 11 Feb 24
Husam showed up today and provided great service!
02:32 11 Feb 24
Signed up for the Sadie membership as a a preventative measure to avoid bigger problems down the line. Had my appointment to check my system today and to my surprise the tech discovered a huge gash in my ductwork! Thankfully so because the ductwork up there is a very tight space which I could never squeeze myself into and would’ve gone unnoticed for who knows how long. Huge thank you to Technician Roy Adame for making the trip out on a Saturday afternoon, going the extra mile to fully inspect the system in a tight space, and fully explaining the possible causes of the damage and the impact it would on the system performance. 🙏🏼🤙🏼🫡👏🏼🙂
Melton CerritosMelton Cerritos
23:26 10 Feb 24
Peter was great. He was very thorough on explanation of the units and what needed to be done very grateful for his information.
Crepelandia 210Crepelandia 210
21:17 10 Feb 24
Carlos MacedoCarlos Macedo
17:45 02 Feb 24
Abdiel Chavez was our service technician today for Goettl. He was very thorough, knowledgeable and courteous and the work was done smoothly and in a timely manner. We enjoying meeting Abdiel and having him in our home.